Noisy motorbikes rules and regulations…

The legislation is as follows:

 

Motorcycle Exhausts

 

Fitting and Maintenance

Regulation 54 Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986,

Section 42 Road Traffic Act 1988 – level 3 fine – fixed penalty summary offence

 

Every vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine shall be fitted with an exhaust system including silencer and all the exhaust gases must pass through the silencer.

 

The exhaust and silencer shall be maintained in a good and efficient working order and shall not after the date of manufacture be altered so as to increase the noise made by the escape of the exhaust gases.

 

Markings

Regulation 57A (1 or 4) Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986,

Section 42 Road Traffic Act 1988 – level 3 fine – fixed penalty summary offence

 

The silencer of a moped or motorbicycle with or without a sidecar, 1st used on or after 1/1/85 shall be :-

  • The original fitted by the manufacturer (these will normally bear a standard mark except vehicles with a max design speed not exceeding 50km/h or
  • a replacement which is marked with an approved British Standard marking (e.g. BS AU 193/T2 or similar) or an EEC mark or for vehicles with a maximum design speed not exceeding 50km/h fitted before 1/2/97 a manufacturers stamp or part number.

A motorcycle shall not be used on a road if it is fitted with an exhaust marked ‘Not For Road Use’ or similar

 

What does that mean for the Police…….

1) The first job we have is catching them and getting them to stop!!

2) the offender can then be issued with a fixed penalty ticket for having no silencer or alternatively for failing to maintain a silencer

3) Equally they could be referred to the vehicle defect rectification scheme whereby they have to get the matter fixed and their police issued ticket stamped at an MOT testing station within 28 days.

 

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