HL Deb 31 July 1981 vol 423 c944WA
Lord Barnby

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What further regulations they have in view to abate excessive exhaust noise from motor-cycles which is currently such a disturbance to the environment; and, further, whether they will consider imposing a power limit for the licensing of motor cycles, to lessen the danger of fatal accidents.

The Earl of Avon

We hope to announce later this year our plans for even stricter noise limits for new motor-cycles. We see no case, on present evidence, for imposing an overall power limit on motor-cycles, but measures contained in the Transport Bill, which are aimed at reducing motor-cycle accidents generally, include a new lower power limit on machines which learners may ride.