It may seem obvious but carrying a pillion passenger at least doubles a riders responsibility. Anyone who elects to carry someone on the back seat of a motorcycle has an obligation to keep him or her safe. It is a responsibility that must never be taken lightly.
The legalities of carrying a passenger are essential knowledge for every rider.
A learner driver is not allowed to carry a pillion passenger.
A secure seating position is required. If a child cannot place their foot on the pegs it does not comply with the law. Kits are available to accommodate the length of children's legs.
The rider is responsible for the safety of the passenger. This means if you are in an accident with a pillion passenger, they have the right to sue the rider if necessary.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the pillion passenger wears a correctly fitted and fastened helmet.
More information on carrying pillion passengers is available at www.staffssaferroads.co.uk