A Private members bill by MP Graham Stringer failed, yesterday to tighten up on the use of mini moto bikes in the UK. These mini bikes are beloved of young teenage hoodies who love nothing better than screaming noisily across public land, parks and pavements. Intended for use by young children (excellent idea!!) on private land they are exempt from tax and insurance and the need for any kind of registration. It was the proposal to introduce registration that failed as MP’s felt this would not have much of an impact on their sale and use. In many places these hoodie-mobiles are seen as a noisy menace.
Where I live, the mini moto experience only really appears as the sun is setting in the summer months. As a golden sun disappears below the rooftops the distant but distinctive whine of a thrashed mini moto can be heard as an ear splitting doppler tone drop across a broad stereo soundscape in the still evening air.Annoying as they are I must admit to finding them slightly comedic, even pathetic as I fail to see anything “cool” or “fun” about fully grown idiot teens perched on these irresponsible toys. I have to presume that only parent approval and cash outlay gets these things into the hands of a nations teenagers. In many cases fully grown men have been caught riding these things on public land.
If the bill had been passed then mini moto bikes would have been required registration and so would have a visible registration number that would have allowed identification on sight that could be traced to the legal registrant (presumably the parent).