Ninja is in some way right. The legislation only gives power to a police office in uniform, so if partly or in civies he/she cannot issue a verbal 59 warning.
It adds to sect 3 RTA 1988 about careless and inconsiderate driving [ and i suppose that includes also riding and any motor vehicle on a road] sect 34 includes off road activities likewise. THe legsislation originally was for driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration but got changed to inconsiderate instead.
It gives police powers to stop and give a verbal warning to anyone who actually contravenes sect 3 or who he has reasonablke grounds to believe is or has contravened sect 3. Not also that but the offender and i quote ' Is causing, or is likely to cause, alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public.' unquote. It also covers past tense where an offence may or may not have happened.
This expands the sect 3 RTA into quite another area and gives a police officer again in uniform literally carte blanch to take details and issue a warning under sect 59 for lets face it, almost anything and everything, including the fact that he/she doesnt like your face or in the belief that at some time in the next twelve months u will be spoken to again by a police officer for anything and low and behold they find the original warning.bobs your uncle your bikes seized, because they can.
I dont think the law was meant for general motorcyclists, but if u ride through a quiet village and there have been complaints re motorcyclists before, u could be the one stopped and done under sect 59.
What is the comeback?..... if issued verbally with a sect 59, details will be recorded on police computer and will last at least for 12 months, if on another occasion within that period u are stopped, a different police officer may decide to remove your vehicle off the road as punishment. No recourse to the Courts. AT ALL !!!!!!!
ON either occasion u may write a letter to the chief of police but it probably wont do any good,he will support his officer, wont he.
Unless the law boffins have a response or it happens and somehow works and the sect 59 is removed.
Ps it doesnt matter if on the second occasion one is on or in a different vehicle or it is the same vehicle driven or riden by someone else, the law will confiscate.
Come on MNC give it some thought otherwise your readership will deteriorate somewhat in next few years.