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What is a Quadricycle?

Under EEC Directive 92/61/EC (superseded to 2002/24/EC) a new vehicle category was created. Quadricycles are defined as having a maximum unladen mass of 400 Kg and with a maximum power of 15KW. Quadzilla® machines are specifically designed and manufactured to meet the above legislation.  

What licence is needed to drive a road legal Quadricycle or Buggy?

A full UK car license, or a full Motorcycle License if granted before Feb 2001. The actual category required is B1.  Under no circumstances should people under 16 years of age operate a Quadzilla Road Legal vehicle.

What is a road legal ATV or Quad Bike?

Firstly, road legal means compliant with the Europe wide and/or UK regulations and laws.
The only road legal Quad Bikes (quadricycles as they are formally known as) in the UK are ones which have past very stringent tests with authorities such as the TUV in Germany or the VCA in the UK. This means the vehicle is homologated – so just like a motorbike or car, it has to pass safety tests, strict emissions, and diagnostic displays and meet other specifications in order to be allowed on the road to be registered.

The current top level of these is Euro 4 homologation, which means the ATV or Quad Bike will pass the Euro 4 emission test and will certainly be fuel injected as it would not pass with the old carburettor system so that is the first question you should ask your dealer. Is this quad fuel injected? If not, it cannot have passed Euro 4 and be homologated. This is normally the quad you should buy if you wish to have something for road use.

The second tier of homologation is T1 (T1a and T1b) and T3 (T3a and T3b usually), which is a tractor homologation normally used for side by side vehicles instead of ATVs and quads although there are some quads that have this homologation and are still road legal but if registered as an agricultural machine, you cannot carry passengers and you can only travel for short journeys by road (not more than 1.5 kilometres) between land that’s occupied by the same person. So be careful – there are rules that will restrict the use of your quad depending on how it is registered – so always check. Here’s the information regarding agricultural use vehicles: www.gov.uk/vehicle-exempt-from-vehicle-tax.



When is an ATV or Quad Bike not road legal at all?

Well this is when it only has CE approval which the intended purpose of this vehicle was for off road use only. The DVLA is taking strict action against anybody trying to register these off road quads. Firstly, they haven’t met any of the most recent safety or emissions tests, and therefore have no type approval or homologation for road use. In the industry, there have been cases of these off road quads being made road legal when they are not and could be dangerous – you certainly will not be insured as you are driving an off road vehicle on public roads.

These type of quads will vary, some may be fuel injected but not meet any emission standards, other may be the old style carburettor quads which will not be very fuel efficient and use old technology.

This list is not exhaustive and is only a guide but of course you should check with your own insurance as to the validity of you insurance if your V5c doesn’t list a type approval number. DVLA will and currently can register quads as PLG but this should only occur in cases in which they are legal, so do not take the registration document as telling you its road legal just because it has a registration number.
If you have any questions, you can contact your local dealer or the DVLA. You can also find more on the Gov.uk website here: https://www.gov.uk/quad-bikes-the-rules.



Can I convert my off road ATV for the road?

In Brief no, to adhere to the European Whole Vehicle Legislation the vehicle must be homologated at manufacturer or importer level.  Other registrations routes are possible such as “Light Agricultural Vehicle” or “Limited use” but these methods have restrictions and are intended for legitimate use in Agricultural, Horticultural or Forestry applications.

What licence is needed to drive a road legal Quadricycle or Buggy?

A full UK car license, or a full Motorcycle License if granted before Feb 2001. The actual category required is B1.  Under no circumstances should people under 16 years of age operate a Quadzilla Road Legal vehicle.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Classed as PLG (Private light goods) there is no legal requirement, but we strongly recommend that both driver and passenger always wear a suitable approved head and eye protection. It's critical your helmet fits you (this may seem obvious but you will be surprised…). In a crash your helmet could well be a lifesaver, so you should spend time sizing it up. Make sure that when the strap is done up, the helmet cannot move in any direction but it isn't so tight, you lose all the feelings in your ears. Ensure the lid is approved to United Nations Standard ECE 22.05, Quadzilla® Off road style helmets are also ACU Gold approved to allow you to use them in off road competitions sanctioned by the ACU. Never buy a second hand helmet, as you never know its history.

Do I need any other riding gear?

In addition to head and eye protection we strongly recommend suitable boots, clothing and gloves similar to those used by an experienced motorcyclist.

Can I ride a 50cc Quadricycle as a moped?

Unfortunately not, unlike the rest of Europe the UK do not recognise a four wheeled moped.

Is a Quadricycle exempt from congestion charges?

No Quadricycles are not exempt from congestion charges.

Are there any restrictions when riding on the road like an agricultural vehicle?

All QUADZILLA® Quadricycles are fully Whole Vehicle Type Approved in accordance with latest European Legislation. As PLG Status the Quadricycles can be legally used the same as any normal car or motorcycle without restriction.

Is there local support for servicing and repairs?

QUADZILLA® has over 200 stockists nationwide who sell and support the Quadzilla® brand, email the importer Fast Toys Ltd for details of your closest dealer.

Can under 16's ride Quadzilla road legal vehicles off road?

Under no circumstances should a person under the age of 16 operate a Quadzilla road legal vehicle.

What fuel do Quadricycles take?

Standard unleaded.

Are there any custom accessories available?

Quadzilla® (QZ) provide a full range of performance accessories and custom parts from Exhausts to Nerf Bars, Alloy Wheel, Spacers, Wider Axles,  Alloy Handle Bars, Twist Grips, Skid Plates and QZ hard and soft compound tyres!   

What training is required for on road?

There is no mandatory training to drive a Quadricycle, however as with all motorised vehicles we strongly recommend that you fully read the owners manual, familiarise yourself with the importance of all warning labels displayed on your ATV, take proper notice of the machines controls during the dealer handover procedure and undertake a training course on Quadricycle handling and operation. Contact The European ATV Safety Institute on 01903 816286, www.quadsafety.org or email: andy@quadsafety.org and/or LANTRA on 024 7641 9701, www.lantra.co.uk email: claire.smith@lantra.co.uk

What training is required for off road?

We strongly recommend that all Quad and ATV operators undertake a training course on Quad/ATV handling and operation. Contact The European ATV Safety Institute on 01903 816286, www.quadsafety.org or email: andy@quadsafety.org and/or LANTRA on 024 7641 9701, www.lantra.co.uk email: claire.smith@lantra.co.uk

How should I choose a suitable leisure Quad for a child?

Quads come in all shapes, size and power. Its important to choose a Quad/ATV that's right for your age and experience. We strongly recommend that you visit your local approved dealer for advice and review the full range. No one under the age of 16 shouSecurity - Buy at least an approved (Thatcham or Sold Secure)ld operate a Quad or ATV capable of exceeding 30 Miles per hour and or without adult supervision. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

I've got my Quad/ATV/Quadricycle, all the gear, anything else?

Security - Buy at least an approved (Thatcham or Sold Secure) disk lock and chain and always lock your Quadricycle to something secure

 

Does your road legal quad bike need a number plate?

Yes, as of January 2017 any road legal quad must display a number plate front and rear.

 

   
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