MCN has reported that the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) wants to ban motorcycles from UK roads. The ACPO’s recommendation was published in a report by the Transport Committee on Road Safety.
The ACPO memo calls for the creation of no-motorcycle zones and points to power caps. It states: “There is a need for radical thinking in respect of motorcycles, including consideration of engine capability and the creation of protection zones where all motorcycles other than those specifically permitted would be prohibited.”
Ironically, the association based its call for a ban on the false claim that production motorcycles are available with top speeds of over 200mph. In fact not a single production motorcycle has ever broken the 200mph barrier.
The association said:
“Production machines are readily available for use on our roads with top speeds in excess of 200mph. Motorcycles are seen in the UK to be, in the majority of instances, vehicles of choice rather than necessity and one might consider if our congested roads are any longer fit for purpose for these motorized toys.”
Apparently, if something is a choice, it’s fair game for being banned in the UK. Only items of necessity are free to use. The ACPO is also calling for motorcycles to be fitted with chips to allow police to identify them from a distance. It’s a scary time over there. And I thought we had it bad over here in the US.