27 October 2021

Modifying your bike could be made illegal: New plans that could make fitting non-OEM parts a crime

The Motorcycle Action Group is encouraging motorcyclists to respond to proposals from the Department for Transport (DfT) that would restrict owners from modifying their bikes.

The proposals are part of the DfT’s ‘Future of Transport’ review and are lumped in with lots of other vehicle standards that the department is looking to modernise.

Under the proposed changes it would be a crime to ‘tamper’ with ‘a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road’. MAG were in attendance at the webinar where the proposals were first made.

"I was expecting the lack of motorcycle focus in policies for the charging infrastructure, but the anti-tampering proposals came as a real sucker punch," says Colin Brown, MAG’s Director of Campaigns and Political Engagement.

"As the owner of a motorcycle with less OEM parts than aftermarket ones you can imagine my reaction. This renewed attack on the right to do what you wish with your own property is not something that I can see many motorcyclists welcoming."

IMPORTANT! You can read the proposals HERE, and have your say HERE.

See also:

Stuart Fillingham: Government wants to make car & motorcycle customization an offence!

VisorDown: Government threatening make modifying any motorcycle illegal

In other news, Trudy Harrison (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport) says: Owning a car is so ‘last century’. Hmmm, how do you eat an elephant? One piece at a time...


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