This week Rosie Cooper MP supported calls in Parliament for the thousands of unlicensed vehicles designed for off-road use to be licensed. The off-road use of motorbikes, quadbikes and mini-motorbikes is a problem across West Lancashire where people have been using open public spaces to ride their bikes.
Rosie was one of ten MPs who put their name to a 10 Minute Rule Bill calling for action to make our public spaces safer and to rid neighbourhoods of motorbike nuisance. In addition to introducing licensing the debate recognised the need for local authorities to make proper legal provision for bikers.
“We know that people riding unlicensed vehicles are more dangerous than licensed road vehicles. The problem is if there is an accident then it is almost impossible to trace the owner of the bike because there is no way of identifying the owner.”
“The call to license these vehicles is aimed at those irresponsible individuals who illegally ride their vehicles on roads and public land without regard for the safety of others. Licenses would increase safety and make it easier to identify owners involved in accidents or who cause a real nuisance in a neighbourhood.”
“We expect people who ride motorbikes on the road to be registered with the DVLA, to have a vehicle that is taxed insured, has a standard number plate for identification and have proper brakes and lights. Why shouldn’t we have similar rules for these off-road vehicles?”
The ten minute rule for Scrambler Bikes (Licensing) was introduced in the House of Commons on Wednesday 11 October 2006.