§ Mr. Greg Knight
asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received concerning the identity marking of motor cycle frames;
(2) if he has any plans to encourage or require the marking of motor cycle frames with identification numbers to be listed in registration documents.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The Construction and Use Regulations require vehicle identification numbers to be marked on a plate on motorcycles up to 150cc if first used between 1 August 1977 and 1 January 1982 or up to 125cc if first used after 1 January 1982. Regulations made under the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 require a frame number to be quoted when application is made to register any motorcycle for the first time.
As a result, virtually all motorcycles are marked with an identification number. The Department cannot trace representations on this subject.