§ Mr. Booth
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list his powers to permit owners of motor cycles between 126cc and 250cc who have passed part 1 of the motor cycle test and are currently awaiting an appointment for part 2 of the motor cycle test to continue to ride their motor cycles up to and including the date of their test.
§ Mr. David Howell
I have no power to authorise learner motor cyclists who have passed only part 1 of the test to ride machines over 125cc. Section 23(1) of the Transport Act 1981 restricts learner motor cyclists to 125cc machines until they have passed the whole test. This provision came into force on 1 February 1983 after a four months postponement which gave learners with larger machines a further opportunity to qualify for full licences.