Leeds nostalgia: New rules on “motorised cycles” introduced in Leeds in January 1981 - they required riders to wear helmets and be over 4ft tall

Dick Craven  from near York, who provides motorcycles and vehicles for TV programmes such as Heartbeat in his museum, These scooters are set to be used in  YTV's The Royal.
Dick Craven from near York, who provides motorcycles and vehicles for TV programmes such as Heartbeat in his museum, These scooters are set to be used in YTV's The Royal.
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Students in Leeds were being hit with stringent new safety rules this week in 1981, after the authorities rolled out a new code of conduct for all those bringing their motorcycles to school.

The rules included wearing helmets, not riding pillion and ensuring their machines were “ready for inspection by a qualified member of staff” at all times.

The new guidelines, adopted by schools in Leeds, came about following a dramatic increase in the number of students owning motorcycles and using them to get to and from school.

A spokesman for one senior school (as they were called back then), had this to say: “We are not trying to deter youngsters riding their machines to school. But if they want to, they must abide by conditions not only for their safety but for the safely of all pupils.”

Another stipulation adopted by Leeds Education Authority was that riders had to be a minimum of 48 inches in height.

Aptly named Gerald Carline, county road safety officer for Leeds, said: “Statistics show teenagers riding mopeds and motorised cycles are vulnerable users. Quite a number ride powered machines to school.”

Leeds, Moortown, 12th April 1984''Comic actor Roy Kinnear turned to "The Twits" when he visited Allerton Grange Middle School, Moortown, Leeds.''The television and stage star, who is appearing this week at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, took tim eoff for a spot of story telling in the school hall and is pictured here with some of the second year pupils.

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