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Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Kye Rymer recently announced that his Ministry has already commenced looking into legalizing large motorcycles for use in the Territory.
It is currently illegal to have a motorbike above 125cc in the Territory, and over the years there has been discussions on allowing the use of larger bikes.
However, those currently unhappy with the current scooter use remain adamant that larger bikes should not be allowed, even though on numerous occasions officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force have confiscated illegal bikes in the Territory.
Hon. Rymer told the House of Assembly that the Ministry is reviewing the current restriction on the importation of motorcycles over 125cc engine size.
“Mister Speaker, the limit can be increased to perhaps 600cc, with the appropriate control measures in place to continue a safe cycling environment,” he told the House.
The plan to allow larger bikes in the Territory was first mentioned by Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie while speaking on the radio programme Honestly Speaking with Claude Skelton-Cline in March.
“We are looking at a lot of things in terms of how do we go about legalizing jet skis; with certain size bikes with policies, street policies to make sure it does not contribute to anything negative in the community,” Hon. Fahie said.