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PART IVN.I.Miscellaneous Amendments of the Order of 1981

Licensing of motor cyclistsN.I.

92.—(1) In Article 13 of the Order of 1981 (grant of licences to drive vehicles), in paragraph (3), after sub-paragraph (c), there shall be inserted—

[F1(d)shall not authorise a personF2. . . , before he has passed a test of competence to drive a motor bicycle,—

(i)to drive a motor bicycle without a sidecar unless it is a learner motor bicycle (as defined in paragraph (5)) or its first use (as defined in regulations) occurred before such date as may be prescribed and the cylinder capacity of its engine does not exceed 125 cubic centimetres, or

(ii)to drive a motor bicycle with a sidecar unless its power to weight ratio is less than or equal to 0.16 kilowatts per kilogram.]

(2) For paragraph (5) of that Article there shall be substituted the following paragraphs—

(5) A learner motor[F1 bicycle] is a motor[F1 bicycle] which either is propelled by electric power or has the following characteristics—

(a)the cylinder capacity of its engine does not exceed 125 cubic centimetres,

[F1(b)the maximum net power output of its engine does to exceed 11 kilowatts.]

[F1(5A) In this Article—

“maximum net power output”, in relation to an engine, means the maximum net power output measured under full engine load, and

“power to weight ratio”, in relation to a motor bicycle with a sidecar, means the ratio of the maximum net power output of the engine of the motor bicycle to the weight of the combination with—

(a)a full supply of fuel in the tank,

(b)an adequate supply of other liquids needed for its propulsion, and

(c)no load other than its normal equipment, including loose tools.

(3) In Article 14 of the Order of 1981 (form of licence)—

(a)in paragraph (3) immediately after the word “drive” there shall be inserted “ (a) ”; and

(b)at the end of that paragraph there shall be added the following—


(b)unless[F2 he has passed a test of competence to drive a motor bicycle] which, by virtue of Article 13(3)(d), a provisional licence would not authorise him to drive before he had passed that testF2. . . .]

F1SR 1996/426

F2SR 1997/241

Art. 93 rep. by 1997 NI 2

Arts. 94‐97 rep. by 1996 NI 10

Duties on occurrence of an accidentN.I.

98.—(1) In Article 175 (duties on occurrence of an accident caused by presence of a motor vehicle), in paragraph (1) and in the heading immediately preceding it, for the words “motor vehicle” there shall be substituted “ mechanically propelled vehicle ”.

(2) In head (iv) of paragraph (1) of that Article for the words “and produce” there shall be substituted “ and, where the vehicle is a motor vehicle, produce ”.

Paras. (3), (4) rep. by 1996 NI 10

(5) In paragraph (5) of that Article for the words “motor vehicle” there shall be substituted “ mechanically propelled vehicle ”.

(6) In Article 176 (duties on occurrence of other accidents), in paragraph (1) for the words “motor vehicle” there shall be substituted “ mechanically propelled vehicle ”.

Powers of vehicle examinersN.I.

99.  After Article 180 of the Order of 1981 (enforcement powers of constable) there shall be inserted the following Article—

Powers of vehicle examiners as respects goods vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles

180A.  An examiner appointed under Article 74 of the Order of 1995 may, on production if required of his authority, exercise in the case of goods vehicles or passenger-carrying vehicles of any prescribed class all such powers as are, under Article 180, exercisable by a constable.

Arts.100‐103 rep by 1996 NI 10

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