§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he intends to bring forward any proposals to control queue jumping by motor cycle riders; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
There may be no fully effective way of controlling queue jumping by any class of travellers.
Queue jumping by motor cycle riders when unsafe is covered by the existing offences of careless or reckless driving. We have no proposals to make it a specific offence. Proposals have already been announced to introduce mandatory training of new riders before they are allowed to ride unsupervised. This training will include safe practice when riding on the road. In October a new more arduous driving test for motorcyclists will be introduced. The tester will follow the candidate on another motorcyle and will thus he more able to assess ability to ride safely in traffic.