Do you carry a scooter or motorbike in yor garage?

#1
I have just seen this new thread over on the sister site Motorhomer posted by someone called @Activecamper.

I believe quite a few of us on here carry either a motorbike or motor-scooter in a garage at the back of your van, if you do and if this can be believed, this could well affect you: -

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Just passing on what I've read on a Facebook forum....

Some guy in a self built campervan, registered with DVLA as a motorcaravan, but carrying a motorcross bike in the garage was pulled randomly by VOSA and then been "done" - as VOSA say using the campervan to transport a motorbike makes it not a campervan - it become a "living van" and needs different MOT, taxation class, speed limits etc.

DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER - I know no more than that! But reading https://www.ukmotorhomes.net/motorhome-faqs/motorhome-mots gives a bit more info, and specifically lower down when the author contacted the authorities and appear to had it confirmed if there is a "garage" for storage of a motorbike (or car) - so like racevans or, technically, includes an A class with a moped in the garage!

I'd never heard of this, but with one known person being pulled and prosecuted for it (when he thought he was complying with all laws) - then it is reality. Apparently he is seeing his solicitor but who knows what will happen.

Anyone else heard of this before?
 


#3
Cannot see this as so because many do pull small cars behind vans,as long as its for sdp and not used in connection with any biz or car boot sales etc.
 
#4
One thing I must mention is that VOSA are now self funding and a private concern authorised by the ministry of transport under licience. My eldest son who has just undergone a HGV course told me that he was warned on the course that VOSA officials are now regularly patrolling UK motorways and main A roads hunting down any excuse to fine motorists for the slightest motor traffic offence that comes under their remit to bolster their coffers. These offences are mainly under the vehicle construction and use rules. Phil
 


#5
Cannot see this as so because many do pull small cars behind vans,as long as its for sdp and not used in connection with any biz or car boot sales etc.
Trev
If your pulling a trailer as I do with a motorbike it is not a fixed part of the vehicle, but if you have it inside a garage it then could be construed as a commercial Race transport, then you would have to prove in court that its not, VOSA are under no obligation to prove it is, after all they are in law ( supposedly) the experts in what is classed as what. Phil

As an aside to this, an VOSA officer would have to be fairly hard nosed to say that about what is obviously someone going on holiday.
 


#6
Trev
If your pulling a trailer as I do with a motorbike it is not a fixed part of the vehicle, but if you have it inside a garage it then could be construed as a commercial Race transport, then you would have to prove in court that its not, VOSA are under no obligation to prove it is, after all they are in law ( supposedly) the experts in what is classed as what. Phil

As an aside to this, an VOSA officer would have to be fairly hard nosed to say that about what is obviously someone going on holiday.
yup, there is the key difference TECHNICALLY about something being inside the vehicle or outside - either being towed or on a rack.
A bit daft IMO, but most of these splitting-hair regulations are that way.
 
#7
What would be the difference between a motor scooter/bike and a pedal bike?
If you’re the pedal bike was for racing? Or come to that a invalid scooter?

Darcar
 


#8
I feel but don't know for sure that the real controversial point is the amount of space adapted to carrying a load of what ever sort, whereby the space put aside has no potential for habitation and could be construed that its intention was to carry a load for profit. The motorhomes with very large garages at the rear built by commercial builders have probably ( Though again not certain ) have had their products approved by the ministry of transport as definite motorhomes with rear storage facilities.

I could suggest that those that have been stopped by VOSA and reported as "Racevans", commercial vehicles etc, have no real attempt to make the habitation to an excepted standard and so on inspection the VOSA officer could possibly think " Your having a laugh". Though again I could be being unfair.😏 Phil
 


#9
I could suggest that those that have been stopped by VOSA and reported as "Racevans", commercial vehicles etc, have no real attempt to make the habitation to an excepted standard and so on inspection the VOSA officer could possibly think " Your having a laugh". Though again I could be being unfair.😏 Phil
If a motorhome with even quite a large garage was carrying a scrambles bike (for instance), but if the majority of the van was made over to living space and even if you were on the way to a scrambling event............... Surely if you are a private person and not receiving any kind of financial remuneration, then surely the van's main purpose could be argued to be mobile living accommodation.
If the above was me and if I had been stopped by VOSA, then I might well fight them in the courts!!

Phil

ps. Although of course it all depends how generally snotty the driver was of the motorhome. If he was shouting and screaming at the VOSA bod rather than being all humble pie, then I suppose that is when they might just start to throw the book at you.
 


#10
You would all be best to move here as we would not stand for clap trap,a touch of the heads would soon sort things out.
 


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