Motorcycles: Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 5th July 2018.

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Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered banning pillion riding on motorised vehicles to tackle the surge in moped and other related crimes.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Government is not considering a ban on pillion riding on motorised vehicles.

Reports of crimes involving motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are clearly a concern. That is why the Government has worked with the police, industry and other partners to develop a comprehensive action plan focusing on what more can be done to prevent offending and keep the public safe. The impact on the motorcycle community is a key consideration in our work to prevent these crimes. Indeed, we are keen to ensure that law abiding riders and passengers are not unnecessarily impacted.

This work sits alongside the consultation on police pursuits that the Government launched on 22 May which seeks to give police greater confidence to pursue suspects and will help tackle these crimes. The proposals include plans to make clear in law that a suspect is responsible for their own decision to drive dangerously and blame should not be attached to the pursuing officer.

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