Motorcycles

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on motorcycles. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
28.08.2013VAT on motorcycle helmets
Motorcycle helmets as well as protective boots and helmets for industrial use and cycle helmets are charged a zero rate of VAT. This note discusses the scope of this VAT relief and the concerns there have been that it might have to be withdrawn under EC proposals for harmonising VAT rates.
07.08.2013Motorcycles: licences and tests
This note explains the law related to motorcycle rider licensing, including the changes introduced in the UK by virtue of European Directives.

Research Papers

DateDescription
28.02.2007Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill [Bill 21 of 2006-07]

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
10.03.2010The new European motorcycle test.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
14.06.2010MOTORCYCLING IN THE UK
That this House notes the positive impact that motorcycling can have both as an alternative to the private car and as a way of reducing congestion in towns and cities; is concerned ...
07.04.2010DEATHS OF MOTORCYCLISTS
That this House is saddened and distressed by the 53,697 deaths of motorcyclists since 1950 on British roads; notes that since a high point of 1,743 deaths in 1960 a level was reached ...
13.01.2010100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOTOR CYCLE INDUSTRY
That this House congratulates the Motor Cycle Industry Association on the occasion of its one hundredth year in 2010; notes the positive contribution that the motorcycle industry has ...
08.12.2008MOTORCYCLE TESTING CENTRES
That this House believes that the ability to arrange a motorcycle driving test at a convenient and accessible location is essential to the development of safe riding; notes that the ...
08.12.2008MOTORCYCLE ACTION GROUP
That this House welcomes the work undertaken by the Motorcycle Action Group in promoting the safe and responsible use of motorcycles; notes with concern that 60 per cent. of motorcycle ...

POST Papers

DateDescription
08.08.2014Big and Open Data in Transport
This POSTnote examines key factors affecting the growth of big data in transport and current and future applications, focusing on road and public transport. It also explores challenges to opening up, collecting, disseminating and using big data, and to sharing data whilst protecting users' privacy.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses