Author: Naomi Dunbar

New strict regulations will change the way you buy motorcycle batteries

It’s pretty common for motorcycle batteries to be supplied with a separate acid pack, but from 1 July 2018, you will need to apply for and receive a valid Explosives Precursors and Poisons (EPP) licence, which is set to cost £39.50, before you can purchase one.

The Government has put these measures in place due to shocking criminal events in recent years which have lead to members of the public being seriously injured and harmed by acid attacks. Failure to comply with these new laws could result in buyers facing serious consequences such as a custodial sentence of two years along with a whopping fine.

And it’s not just the consumer that will need to change the way they handle the transaction of motorcycle batteries. Under the new legislation, dealers and distributors will need to properly verify that their customers hold a valid EPP licence and failure to do so will be a criminal offence resulting in a custodial sentence along with a heavy fine.

By 1 November 2018, it will also become an offence to possess or use sulphuric acid at concentrations of over 15% without holding a valid EPP licence, as it has been reclassified as a regulated substance. This includes the use of bottles of battery electrolyte that have not yet been placed into a motorcycle battery.

You will be able to apply for an EPP licence (at the cost of £39.50) by heading over the to Home Office website. You can also read up on the Government website for guidance on checking EPP licences, further guidance for businesses can also be found there.

So, what are your thoughts on the new motorcycle battery regulations that will be coming into place this year? We reckon it’s about time, but we’d love to know your thoughts. Post your thoughtsand opinions in the comments section below.