Thu, 06 Sep 2018

New legislation for Motorcycle Batteries

From July 1st 2018 all motorcycle batteries must be filled by the retailer before being sold to a member of the public in the UK who does not possess a valid EPP licence

New changes to government legislation mean that from July 1st 2018 it will be illegal for a member of the public to purchase a motorcycle battery that is supplied with a separate acid pack without them holding an Explosives Precursors and Poisons (EPP) licence.

Why has it come into force?

In responding to recent events and following an industry-wide consultation, the government has introduced measures to further control the sale of sulphuric acid which has been reclassified as an explosive precursor. Explosive precursors are chemicals that may be used in the illicit manufacture of explosives.

What products are affected?

The new regulations affect all products where acid is supplied in a bottle alongside the battery for the customer to self-activate. It also affects separate electrolyte bottles. EPP licencing is not required for batteries that are supplied with the acid already inside. These are exempt as a filled battery is classified as ‘specific object’.

The following Honda part numbers are supplied with separate acid packs:


How does this affect you as a member of the public?

From July 1st 2018 members of the public wishing to acquire or purchase sulphuric acid in concentrations of more than 15% will need a valid EPP licence. This means that to purchase a motorcycle battery sold with an acid pack a consumer will need to apply and receive a valid EPP licence, at a cost of £39.50, prior to purchase.

From November 1st 2018 it will become an offence to possess or use sulphuric acid at concentrations of over 15%, without a valid EPP licence. This includes bottles of battery electrolyte that have not yet been put into a motorcycle battery.