Ban motorcycles over 600cc says road safety group

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Motorcycles over 600cc should be banned, MPs have been told.

Stephen Plowden, of influential road safety group the Slower Speeds Initiative, said the move was needed to reduce emissions.

In a letter to the Commons Transport Committee, seen by MCN, Plowden wrote: “The obvious conclusion, although not one drawn by the Government, is that the use of motorcycles with an engine size over 600cc should be prohibited, or at least severely discouraged. Who needs such a powerful machine and in what circumstances?”

For more on Stephen Plowden’s explosive demands, and reaction to them from motorcycling groups, get MCN, on sale March 12, 2008.

Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell