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Content published before December 2016

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.

Commons Briefing Papers

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 This note discusses the scope of this VAT relief and the concerns there have been that it might have to be withdrawn under EC proposals for harmonising VAT rates.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.
28.02.2007Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill [Bill 21 of 2006-07]


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.

Select Committee Reports

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

Early Day Motions

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses