Bike batteries exempt from Offensive Weapons Bill

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Published on 27 February 2019 by Charlie Bliss

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

Government plans to restrict the sale of acid products which would have affected motorcycle users have been abandoned.

The Offensive Weapons Bill was drawn up in response to a series of acid attacks in London in 2018. It sought to restrict the sale of batteries which contain sulphuric acid to ensure that anyone under the age of 18 would be unable to purchase them.

However, BMF corporate member the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) led the effort to convince the UK Government to exclude vehicle batteries from the legislation.

The successful campaign means that motorcycle users will no longer be affected.

Tony Campbell, CEO of the MCIA, said: “No one would argue against the core purpose of this bill, but as can happen with this type of legislation, unrelated issues get entangled with unintended consequences. Therefore, timely and decisive action by the team at the MCIA resulted in this positive outcome and avoided any disruption or threat to our members’ businesses.”

It should be noted that the Explosive Precursors and Poisons (EPP) licence will still be mandatory for those who wish to purchase separate battery acid packs to refill existing batteries for classic and vintage models, as reported by the BMF

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