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    Q355: Can quad bikes be used on the road?

    Most quad bikes are only designed for off-road use. They do not conform to regulations in relation to tyres, lights, horn, speedometer etc. and it is therefore illegal to use them on a road.

    However, there are some road legal quad bikes and in order to be used legally on the road they must be registered with the DVLA, taxed, insured and have an MOT. They must also comply with all the relevant requirements in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and the Road Vehicles (Lighting) Regulations 1989. A local quad bike dealer should be able to help you if you want to know whether your quad bike is road legal or alternatively contact the Department for Transport at;

    The Department for Transport
    Vehicle Standards and Engineering 4
    Great Minster House
    76 Marsham Street
    SW1P 4DR

    Public Enquiry Telephone Number: 0207 944 3000
    Fax Number: 0207 676 2166

    E-mail: rvsl .dot@gtnet

    You could also contact Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA ) for assistance. DVSA replaced the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA ) in April 2014:


    Quad bikes must be registered and have a front and rear number plate.

    MOT requirements
    Quad bikes that are used on the road will need an MOT if they are more than three years old.

    Driving licence
    To drive a quad on the road you will usually need to be at least 17 and either hold a category B (full car licence) or B1 licence if it was issued before 01.01.97.

    Quad bikes used on the road must have a minimum of third party insurance cover.

    Passengers can only be carried if the quad bike is designed to carry them. If you are in any doubt you will need to speak to the vehicle's manufacturer to see if it was designed for that purpose.

    Crash helmets
    Drivers and passengers on quad bikes don't have to wear crash helmets but it is very much recommended that they do.


    If a quad bike is used only off-road and never goes onto the public road the driver does not need a licence and the machine does not need to be taxed or registered. The link below provides information in relation to protecting off-road vehicles from theft etc.

    Off-Road Vehicles

    Quad bikes used for agricultural, horticultural and forestry work need to be registered as a light agricultural vehicle.

    If an agricultural quad bike is used on the road it must be registered and insured but it may not need to be taxed - you will need to check this with the DVLA via the link below:

    An agricultural quad won't need an MOT either. However, if it is used on the road after dark it must comply with the relevant requirements of the Road Vehicles (Lighting) Regulations 1986, with regard to the fitting and use of lights.

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