Motorcycles with engine capacities that are more than 125 cubic centimetres (CC) will now be permitted into the British Virgin Islands but will only be allowed in through dealers who are authorised by government.
This was revealed in a report on Cabinet’s November 29 meeting. The report said Premier Andrew Fahie as Minister of Finance shall allow increased engine sizes into the territory on specified conditions.
“The Minister of Finance may vary the import and export restrictions on 125 CC engine size limit on motorcycles and their parts pursuant to the Customs Management and Duties Act, 2010, section 85(3)(a),” the statement said.
The conditions, which must be imposed to facilitate the larger engine motorcycles into the territory include a revamp of the old licensing mechanism for motorcycles by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to now possess a three-prong licensing regime, compulsory basic training for every motorcycle rider, theoretical testing and full rider testing.
A minimum age limit and minimum riding experience requirements for larger CC engine sizes will also be established.
Mandatory DMV programme and certification
According to the post-Cabinet report, the conditions for the revamping of the licensing mechanism will allow riders to demonstrate their competence and levels of safe riding on public roadways by age and experience.
All persons who wish to import these larger capacity motorcycles into the BVI must obtain a certificate from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to do so.
In order to receive certification, riders must undergo a DMV-approved programme that offers instructions in operations, maintenance, emergencies, defensive riding, judgement, and use of safety equipment as it relates to larger-sized bikes.
In May 2019, Minister for Transportation Kye Rymer, stated in the House of Assembly that his ministry had been working on legislation to increase the motorcycle size in the territory from its 125-CC limit up to as much as 600 CCs.
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