Throughout the United Kingdom, there is no minimum age for someone to be a pillion passenger on a motorcycle. The statutory requirements such as the rider having a full licence, the pillion passenger list where the suitably constructed helmet approved to British Standard, and there must be footrests to allow the passenger to put their feet on.
That is, apart from the practice of wearing suitable protective equipment.
The child’s father, who presumably has parental responsibility along with you has as much right to take the child on a motorcycle as you do to object. If he does not have parental responsibility for any reason, then he is not entitled to do this if you object.
If he ignores you protestations which are quite understandable, you would have no alternative but to take into court for an injunction to stop him doing this on the basis that the child is at risk of injury.
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If he has parental responsibility, he has as much right to do this as you do to object.
It’s no different than if he wanted to take the child to the cinema and you didn’t want it. I appreciate their child welfare issues here.
However, even if he did have the right to do it, and he decides to go ahead regardless and ignores your wishes, you still have to take him to court to get the injunction to stop him.
In my opinion, you would get that injunction and its reckless of him. However if he ignores your protestations, your only remedy is mediation and ultimately court
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Custody, (now called residence) is distinct from Parental Responsibility. A parent without parental responsibility will not usually get residence.
You can have parental responsibility without having residence.
A mother gets parental responsibility automatically.
A father gets parental responsibility if the couple are married at the time of conception of the child, the father is named on the birth certificate or there is parental responsibility from the court.
I think your proposed course of action is a good idea, initially at any rate.