Removal of police power to sieze vehicles used off road

I would like to suggest the re-wording of the Road Traffic Act sec 34. This law makes it a criminal offence to ride motorcycles over the thousands of square miles of moorland in the uk. Added to the trouble this law causes is the power given to Police in the Police Reform Act 2003 sec 59 and 60 where Police are given the power to sieze vehicles based on some very subjective and unproveable criteria. In theory the power sounded like a good idea but in practice we find that law abiding citizens are discriminated against and dare not use the countryside because of fear of siezure. Due to the lack of appeal (once a bike has been crushed it's too late) this does seem like a sledgehammer to crack a nut and has been proved to be abused by officers. Both the law and the siezure powers should be repealed

Why is this idea important?

I would like to suggest the re-wording of the Road Traffic Act sec 34. This law makes it a criminal offence to ride motorcycles over the thousands of square miles of moorland in the uk. Added to the trouble this law causes is the power given to Police in the Police Reform Act 2003 sec 59 and 60 where Police are given the power to sieze vehicles based on some very subjective and unproveable criteria. In theory the power sounded like a good idea but in practice we find that law abiding citizens are discriminated against and dare not use the countryside because of fear of siezure. Due to the lack of appeal (once a bike has been crushed it's too late) this does seem like a sledgehammer to crack a nut and has been proved to be abused by officers. Both the law and the siezure powers should be repealed

Car daytime running lights

Stop the forced imposition of daytime running lights on motorists.

From 2011 all new vehicles must come with daytime running lights.  Although I can see the merits for Scandinavian countries for safety purposes, for the UK this is completely unnecessary and will only increase the fuel consumption.  At a time when we are all trying to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce wasteful energy use, how does this help?

Why is this idea important?

Stop the forced imposition of daytime running lights on motorists.

From 2011 all new vehicles must come with daytime running lights.  Although I can see the merits for Scandinavian countries for safety purposes, for the UK this is completely unnecessary and will only increase the fuel consumption.  At a time when we are all trying to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce wasteful energy use, how does this help?

no horse power!

i think horses should be banned from the road because they provide a hazzard for other drivers  because everyones expected to overtake realy wide and slowly a road has cars on it if a horse doesnt like cars and fast moving vehicles it shouldnt be on it! and none of the manure is ever picked up from the road afterwars potencialy causing a hazzard for motor cycles

Why is this idea important?

i think horses should be banned from the road because they provide a hazzard for other drivers  because everyones expected to overtake realy wide and slowly a road has cars on it if a horse doesnt like cars and fast moving vehicles it shouldnt be on it! and none of the manure is ever picked up from the road afterwars potencialy causing a hazzard for motor cycles

Remove the ban on tinted visors

To remove the ban on the use of tinted visors on motorcycle safety helmets.  With a statutory clear (up to 40% attneuation) visor, on bright days the option is to wear sunglasses inside said visor.  The drawback being that when one rides from a brightly lit stretch of road into a tunnel of trees for example, where the light level is much reduced then vision is also much reduced.  With a tinted visor, the solution is to simply raise the visor to be able to see again.  With sunglasses beneath a visor – your are stuck.

Why is this idea important?

To remove the ban on the use of tinted visors on motorcycle safety helmets.  With a statutory clear (up to 40% attneuation) visor, on bright days the option is to wear sunglasses inside said visor.  The drawback being that when one rides from a brightly lit stretch of road into a tunnel of trees for example, where the light level is much reduced then vision is also much reduced.  With a tinted visor, the solution is to simply raise the visor to be able to see again.  With sunglasses beneath a visor – your are stuck.

Number plates (with particular relevance to motorcycles)

It is currently illegal to build or import a motorbike with a front-mounted numberplate. This legislation was introduced for pedestrian safety, but there is increasingly an appreciation that it is impossible to eliminate risk, and undesirable to try. I propose that this law be repealed. I also propose that it be legal to manufacture and trade, not only to possess, old-style number plates, for pre-1973 vehicles.

Why is this idea important?

It is currently illegal to build or import a motorbike with a front-mounted numberplate. This legislation was introduced for pedestrian safety, but there is increasingly an appreciation that it is impossible to eliminate risk, and undesirable to try. I propose that this law be repealed. I also propose that it be legal to manufacture and trade, not only to possess, old-style number plates, for pre-1973 vehicles.

Motoring accident statistics

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. And this is never truer than when applied to accident statistics for motorcycles.

 

Did you know that if a car has an accident on the road it is called a road traffic accident, but if the car crash is offroad, such as on a trackday, greenlaning, rallying, etc, it is called a sports accident.

 

But if you crash your bike ANYWHERE, on-road, off-road, trackdays, etc, it is known simply as a motorcycle accident. So all the weekend motocross, club racing, trials and green laning accidents are clubbed together to make the stats for motorcycling look worse than it really is.

 

There can only be one reason for this – to drive us off the roads forever.

Why is this idea important?

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. And this is never truer than when applied to accident statistics for motorcycles.

 

Did you know that if a car has an accident on the road it is called a road traffic accident, but if the car crash is offroad, such as on a trackday, greenlaning, rallying, etc, it is called a sports accident.

 

But if you crash your bike ANYWHERE, on-road, off-road, trackdays, etc, it is known simply as a motorcycle accident. So all the weekend motocross, club racing, trials and green laning accidents are clubbed together to make the stats for motorcycling look worse than it really is.

 

There can only be one reason for this – to drive us off the roads forever.

Remove the 25Kw restriction for motorcyclists under 21

The point is that there is no evidence to suggest that a motorbike at full power makes any difference to how likely they would be involved with an accident, compared to a motorbike at 25Kw, in fact it could be said that the restricted motorbike is more dangerous.

All this law does is cost the new rider additional money to get in to motorcycling legally, but serves no real purpose.

As an example, the 25Kw restriction and labour can cost up to and beyond £200.

For reference, 25Kw equals about 33Bhp.

Why is this idea important?

The point is that there is no evidence to suggest that a motorbike at full power makes any difference to how likely they would be involved with an accident, compared to a motorbike at 25Kw, in fact it could be said that the restricted motorbike is more dangerous.

All this law does is cost the new rider additional money to get in to motorcycling legally, but serves no real purpose.

As an example, the 25Kw restriction and labour can cost up to and beyond £200.

For reference, 25Kw equals about 33Bhp.

Repeal the law on wearing dark visors

Repeal the law against wearing dark visors in sunny and sometimes blinding conditions when riding your motorcycle in the summer.

We are quite capable of deciding for ourselves when and when not to wear such equipment for our own and others safety. Dark visors can be lifted manually within seconds whilst riding into a shadowed area and most of us carry clear visors as spare to change should conditions alter.

To make it illegal even for passengers to wear as well makes it even more of an idiot law, especially when there is no law stopping anyone wearing sunglasses inside their helmet whilst riding.

It's just another nanny state law which should never have made it out of the starting blocks in the first place.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the law against wearing dark visors in sunny and sometimes blinding conditions when riding your motorcycle in the summer.

We are quite capable of deciding for ourselves when and when not to wear such equipment for our own and others safety. Dark visors can be lifted manually within seconds whilst riding into a shadowed area and most of us carry clear visors as spare to change should conditions alter.

To make it illegal even for passengers to wear as well makes it even more of an idiot law, especially when there is no law stopping anyone wearing sunglasses inside their helmet whilst riding.

It's just another nanny state law which should never have made it out of the starting blocks in the first place.

something needs to be done about the motorcycle test

Last year a new 2-part test was brought in for motorcyclists as it stands all trainees have to preform 2 "high speed elements, the swerve avoidence and the emergency stop these must be preformed at a min of 50kph now first of all we live in britain where its mph also this law makes no allowences for smaller cc bikes or weather conditions as an instructor we teach people to reduce there speed in wet conditions now as part of A2 or DAS training we're haveing to go againsed this, since the introduction of the test all training schools have seen a significant drop in people taking up training due to the addional cost and time involved in test training also the sales of motorcycles have also fallen this will be further affected if the new laws come in further restricting the age that a motorcyclist is able to take his/her test 

Why is this idea important?

Last year a new 2-part test was brought in for motorcyclists as it stands all trainees have to preform 2 "high speed elements, the swerve avoidence and the emergency stop these must be preformed at a min of 50kph now first of all we live in britain where its mph also this law makes no allowences for smaller cc bikes or weather conditions as an instructor we teach people to reduce there speed in wet conditions now as part of A2 or DAS training we're haveing to go againsed this, since the introduction of the test all training schools have seen a significant drop in people taking up training due to the addional cost and time involved in test training also the sales of motorcycles have also fallen this will be further affected if the new laws come in further restricting the age that a motorcyclist is able to take his/her test 

Motorcycle Helmet Law

I would like to remove the anomaly under British law that makes motorcyclists the only group required by statute to wear a specific item of apparel to use public roads. We already pay for the pleasure in road and petrol taxes.

The only person affected by this anachronistic law is the rider, and they should have the freedom to choose.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to remove the anomaly under British law that makes motorcyclists the only group required by statute to wear a specific item of apparel to use public roads. We already pay for the pleasure in road and petrol taxes.

The only person affected by this anachronistic law is the rider, and they should have the freedom to choose.