So you may want to know the laws on bike racks for the UK
Bike racks are the perfect solution for cyclists who want to take their bikes in across the country. They are particularly useful when cycling is part of a daily routine, or when cycling distances are too long to walk.
Car Bike Racks are a common solution for carrying bikes on a car. This article will help you know the different types of Car Bike Racks and the regulations behind them.
Bike racks are now becoming a common sight on the roads. It is important to know the regulation for car bike racks to ensure that you are driving safe and following the law.
There are specific regulations for installing car Bike Rack that must be followed to avoid fines or penalties. For example, the back license plate must be unobstructed when you mount a Bike Rack to your vehicle’s hitch receiver. The maximum load capacity for car Bike Rack needs to be adhered to and follow the instructions when you purchase it. Car bike rack regulations also help protect cyclists because they require manufacturers to install some type of locking system on vehicles where the racks are sold.
There are no specific laws for bike racks. but must comply with other regulations such as maximum size projecting reward and sidewards beyond vehicle width for instance. Not interfere with the rear vision of the driver. Also not have any protruding parts that cause injury to others, i.e sharp bits of metal sticking out.
Also must be designed so not as to cause an overloaded rear axle, this for the usual car means less than 100Kg including bikes. Must be sound construction i.e not gonna fall to bits. must be securely fixed to the vehicle but not interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle (more relevant to motorcycles). Must allow for the loaded bikes to be securely fixed to the rack.
Basically commonsense stuff. Remember that the wheels can turn in the air current, this then leads to vibration so bolts should be locking. Apart from laws, you also need to be aware that unless the bike rack you use is sold as fit for your car (exact make, model & year), or as a manufacturer-approved accessory, you will invalidate any warranty you have. The backs of cars vary hugely in shape and size and they vary even more when it comes to where the load bearing points are – the wind resistance on the bike even at 30mph transmits huge loads.
Car bike racks are available in various designs that vary according to their use or car type. Nevertheless, there are some common rules that every driver should know when installing their bike rack on their vehicle. The first rule is that the bike rack must be firmly mounted on the tow bar or rear bumper of the vehicle. The second rule is that it should never obstruct visibility when driving, navigating or parking your car.
There is no specific law on bike racks, but you can find guidelines below
The Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (?) as amended usually referred to as ‘con and use regs’ and the Motor Vehicles (Lighting) Regulations 1999 (?)
The easiest way to get the exact wording of these regulations apart from the internet would be a copy of Stone’s Justices’ Manual, a huge tome, published annually in several encyclopedia size volumes.