Trans05-06 Press Notice82



The House of Commons Transport Committee is to conduct an inquiry into the Government's Motorcycling Strategy, with oral evidence sessions being held in early 2007.

The Strategy was published in February 2005. Its aim is 'to facilitate motorcycling as a choice of travel within a safe and sustainable transport framework'. The strategy has a strong focus on safety, including:

€ making appropriate provision for motorcyclists on the highway, including road design and maintenance;

€ working with manufacturers and others to encourage safer bike design;

€ promoting correct helmet fitting; and

€ improving rider training and testing.

Other objectives include promoting the environmental benefits of cleaner bikes and encouraging riders to keep their bikes to legal noise levels; considering recommending that bikes be allowed to use bus lanes and advance stop lines, and measures intended to reduce motorcycle theft.

Of the Strategy's 44 actions, 27 were expected to be completed by February 2007, a further eight by 2010.

The inquiry will consider:

€ progress made by the Department so far in implementing the 2005 Motorcycling Strategy; and

€ whether the Department is still on target to deliver the eight longer-term objectives by 2010.

The inquiry will also consider:

€ the changes to motorcycle licensing arrangements proposed in the Third Driving License Directive; and

€ what action the Government might take to reduce the risk posed by mini-motos, go-peds and other motorised two-wheelers which are not legal for road use.

Interested parties are invited to submit written memoranda to the Committee by Monday 18 December 2006.

Guidance on submitting written evidence:

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.

2. Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format, by e-mail to the above address. The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from.

3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee's property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. You should not publish evidence submitted to the Committee. If you wish your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, then please indicate this clearly when you submit it.

4. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.

5. Committee staff are happy to give further advice on any aspect of the Committee's work by phone or e-mail.

More detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee is available on-line at:

Press Notice 82/2005-06 2 November 2006