Craig Carey-Clinch of the Motorcycle Industry Association told BBC Radio Four's Today programme the government had gone back on its promise to allow byways to be used by off-road vehicles for sport. A ban was unfair, he said, and wouldn't protect tracks from illegal use.
Rather than impose a total ban, the bill will clarify which byways vehicles can use legitimately, he said. 'What is going to stop is this arcane rule that if a horse and cart once used a track it is now open to Chelsea tractors,' he told Today.
The bill will also give national parks more powers to stop the damage caused by off-roaders.