Motorcycles: Road Traffic Offences

Home Office written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources her Department has made available to Merseyside Police to deal with scrambler bikes.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources her Department has made available to police forces around the UK to deal with scrambler bikes.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice her Department gives to local police forces on pursuing people on scrambler bikes.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures her Department is taking to keep scrambler bikes off the streets.

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Decisions on how to deploy available resources on particular crime types are for chief officers, in the case the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, taking into account any specific local problems and demands.

The police already have the power under section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 to seize vehicles used in a careless and inconsiderate manner or in a manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public. This power is available in respect of scrambler bikes.

Decisions on how to enforce road traffic offences, including on when to initiate a pursuit, are operational matters for the police, taking into account the guidance offered in the College of Policing’s Authorised Professional Practice on Roads Policing Police Pursuits and the particular circumstances at hand.

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