Currently, the vast majority of quad bikes are not allowed to be driven on roads in the United Kingdom. This is because they don’t meet road safety standards. Those that do must be approved, registered and taxed, as well as, if necessary, possess an MOT.
It’s easy to see why there is a reluctance and resistance towards the idea that quad bikes be allowed on all British roads. The risk of road traffic accidents is already high enough for many people to be dead set against adding another type of vehicle into the mix.
Rightly or wrongly, quad bike users also have a reputation for prioritising adrenaline, fun and adventure over safety on the road.
How can quad bikes be allowed on English roads?
Providing the quad bike and the driver meet certain criteria, then it can actually be legally driven on roads up and down the United Kingdom. In order for this, a quad bike must:
- Be registered with the DVLA and given front and rear number plates
- Possess a valid MOT certificate if it’s more than three years old
- Be covered by at least third party insurance
In order to legally drive a road-worthy quad bike on the roads, the driver must:
- Possess a full car driving licence, or a category B1 licence if issued before January 1997
- Not carry passengers unless the quad bike is designed to do so
Somewhat surprisingly, it’s not actually a legal requirement for drivers of quad bikes to wear crash helmets, though of course it is strongly recommended.
Agricultural quad bikes used in horticulture and forestry work can be used on roads without the need for an MOT. However, it must be registered, licensed and insured as well as have a number plate and, if used after dark, lights.
The majority of non-agriculture quad bikes are used off road, where a driving licence is not required to operate one. Nor does it have to be registered or taxed, though it may be beneficial to enter the details onto the “off-road register” as this could help police in the event of theft.
How to make a claim
If you are injured in an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault, regardless of vehicle, then you may be due road accident compensation. A quick call to the experts at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 can set you on your way.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice