Following on from the revelation
that David MacLean obtained a Quad Bike paid for through parliamentary
expenses, many have questioned the legality of the bike for use on the road.
David Maclean MP on his £3,300 taxpayer-funded 250cc all-terrain vehicle.
This is the advise from the POLICE National Legal Database.
Most quad bikes are only designed for off road use. They do not conform to
regulations in relation to tyres, lights, horn, speedometer etc. and it is
therefore illegal to use them on a road.
However, there are some road legal quad bikes and in order to be used legally
on the road they must registered with the DVLA, taxed, insured and have an MOT.
They must also comply with all the stringent constructions and lighting
requirements. A local quad bike dealer should be able to help you if you want
to know whether your quad bike is road legal or alternatively contact the
Department for Transport.
You must be at least 17 years old to ride a road legal quad bike (if they do
not exceed 3.5 tonnes).
All terrain vehicles (Quad Bikes) can fall within categories B and B1. If the
vehicle has 3 or 4 wheels and weighs more than 550kgs unladen it will fall
within category B. Vehicles which weigh less than 550kgs unladen will fall
within category B1. There is no legal requirement to wear a helmet but from a
safety aspect it is always advisable to wear a proper helmet. A quad bike that
is to be used on the road must display registration plates to the front and
So, in the picture above clearly David
MacLean is in breach of the law, as his vehicle carries no numberplates, and
there is no clear tax disc. We do not know whether he has the appropriate MOT
That of course is assuming that he has the road legal version of the bike, if not, then it should be for off road use only, and to ride it on the road, is illegal.
HSE should also confirm whether the
pointed front end is safe for road use, should he collide with a child for instance.
Perhaps a Freedom of Information request can confirm exactly which model was purchased and paid for by the taxpayer.
If this bike is in breach of the law, we would expect the
Police to take the appropriate action, as they do with many Quad bike riders
who have fallen foul of the law, and if necessary confiscate and crush it, a
penalty which has befallen many others.
MP’s are not above the law, and we expect to see the law
applied equally to all.