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Police Motorcycle Enforcement Strategy For England, Wales & Northern Ireland


Association of Chief Police Officer of England, Wales & Northern Ireland


"Tomorrow's Roads - Safer for Everyone"In March 2000 the Government published a road safety strategy for the next 10 years. This includes casualty reduction targets to be achieved by 2010. These are a 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI); a 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured; and a 10% reduction in the slight injury casualty rate.

A key factor in achieving these targets is the safety of motorcyclists. Motorcyclists represent a large proportion of road casualties in relation to their numbers. They make up around 1% of road traffic, but suffer around 18% of deaths and serious injuries.
The strategy has two main objectives:

Focus Points of the Strategy

Dangerous Riding

-should in most cases be dealt with by way of prosecution, especially in cases where there is a victim. There is a need to deliver a clear message that behaviour constituting this offence will not be tolerated and that firm and positive action will be taken to address it.

Careless Riding - it is recommended that where this offence is committed, and there is a victim, prosecution should be the preferred option with all road users dealt with in the same manner.

Exceeding speed limits

-prosecution in compliance with existing detailed ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) guidelines and individual force policies.

Failure to comply with road signs -consider pre-court interventions.
These offences should not normally be isolated incidents, but should be accompanied by aggravating factors for example excessive speed or prolonged misuse of double white line markings.

Registration plates

- the test to be applied, if not easily legible from 20.5 metres, prosecution and inform DVLA.(Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency)

Illegal exhausts

- in cases with no noise annoyance, consider the use of the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme and appropriate advice.

Tinted visors

if used during daylight hours, advice only, if used during the hours of darkness or conditions of reduced visibility consider prosecution using 'Tintman' equipment where available.

Coloured headlamps

intervention recommended only if the light cover is red, VDRS (Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme) is recommended as the primary option. Advice to be given for colours other than white
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