HC Deb 25 July 1986 vol 102 cc515-6W
Mr. Galley

asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he will issue the findings of his review of the package of motor cycling measures introduced under the Transport Act 1981.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

I propose to issue a discussion paper shortly and to invite the views of all interested organisations and individuals. Copies of the paper will be placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Speed

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of complaints he receives on motor cycle noise relate to unmodified standard motor cycles and motor cycles with modified or illegal replacement exhaust systems, respectively.

Mr. David Mitchell

[pursuant to the answer, 24 July 1986]: The information is not available. People who complain about noisy motor cycles do not say whether they are modified or not. As lower noise limits for vehicles with four or more wheels begin to take effect, unmodified standard motor cycles complying with the current limits will become more prominent and more likely to give rise to complaint. That is why we need tighter limits for new machines as well as better enforcement to deter illegal modifications.