Government's prevarication on control of motorcycle noise

The Government's failure to implement an Act to control noise from motorcycles which was passed by Parliament six years ago was strongly criticised in the House of Lords on 20 May. But a Government spokesman remained unable to say when the legislation will be brought into force.

The Motor Cycle Noise Act received the Royal Assent in May 1987. It built on existing controls banning the fitting of replacement silencers unless they conformed to a British Standard. Defective silencers are the main cause of motorcycle noise nuisance.

The Act empowered the Secretary of State to prohibit the sale of replacement silencers and exhaust systems which do not conform to a British Standard or are not identical to the original e

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