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Poll: Should police use unmarked bikes?

In this week's MCN we reveal the number of unmarked police bikes – the majority of which are superbikes or powerful sports tourers – that have been involved in accidents. Sussex police, for example, have had 20 accidents in the last five years on unmarked bikes, 12 of them single-vehicle crashes. But quite aside from the implication that some police riders struggle...

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Sep 09

Posts: 894

Rogerborg says:

They'd have to see us to think about us

There's the flaw in your reasoning. ;)

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

Some of this is a little misleading, bearing in mind that surveillance bikes (and cars) are unmarked and not used for enforcement, but any incidents involving them are counted in the same way.

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Aug 02

Posts: 69

slparry says:

they may not be used for enforcement elsewhere but the silver ST1300 Pan that NWP have is definately used for enforcment  

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Aug 11

Posts: 43

muddy686 says:

Yes, because you can spot a jam sandwich a mile off.  At the end of the day if you're not doing anything wrong you've got nothing to worry about!

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Sep 02

Posts: 25

dghackett says:

Why not, we have had unmarked cars for years. If they see a dangerous driver or rider it not only may save there life it may also save your's. If you ride sensibly and with fore thought you will not have any problem with them. Do not forget that they are just doing a job and if they are riding a bike that means that they probably ride for pleasure also. They are bikers doing a job. There are some total idiots out there looking for somewhere to have a crash. I nearly put a accident not crash but accidents are unplanned where as a crash is just waiting for a place to happen. I have been riding since the late 70's a getting pulled over and some stern advice means I'm still here today.

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Oct 10

Posts: 138


The police all think they're superb riders & above the law anyway,you can bet none have been prosecuted for binning their expensive toys,just the same as none of the incompetent cunts in firearms units have been prosecuting for murdering innocent people.What a waste of public money the police are,everybody i know see them as the enemy,power pissed wankers everyone of them.

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Feb 09

Posts: 233

tris123 says:

no way

As far as I’m concerned all police vehicles should be marked.  I don’t see any reason why they need unmarked vehicles other than for entrapment purposes.   Marked Police bikes filtering through traffic can catch people on their mobiles and smoking weed just as easily.  An unmarked vehicle switching its blue lights on can also be very distracting, not to mention bad for your blood pressure.

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Nov 05

Posts: 57

offordc says:


Speaking as a motorcyclist who has just been knocked off by a dozy woman using her mobile to receive directions & turning right at a roundabout from the left hand lane i don't see any problem with unmarked police bikes or cars so long as they are not only used to target bikers,  in fact i wish there were even unmarked cctv cars that could video idiots on the road & send out fines through the post, hell i'd even do the job if it would make the roads safer, there are far too many idiots driving about on the roads these days who really couldn't give a toss about what they do or who they may hurt as a result of their behaviour, something needs to be done & i can't see the government putting more police on the roads to be honest.

As has already been said, if your not doing anything wrong you don't have to worry & if you are & get caught then surely it's a fair cop!

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Fly by night


Sep 07

Posts: 225

Fly by night says:

Not so good

Are they, mind you 5 years!

It's interesting to see the police adopting tacktics to catch bikers but all the while the cars are driving like luneys they leave them alone.

Why is it considered ok for car drivers to drive like luneys but bikers are a hazerd?

We see what kind of carnage is caused by wreckless car drivers, you can't really say the same for bikes, a biker is mostly only taking his own life into his own hands, while dangerous cars are taking the lives of everyone in their zone into their hands.

It's always best it seems to target minorities no matter who they are.


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May 06

Posts: 21

greg1948 says:

They have their uses as with unmarked cars however i have seen too many onboard vidios where the officer concerned is clearly enjoying 'the thrill of the chase' which in one case went on for 20 mins instead of bringing the pursuit to a close at the earliest possible opportunity if only for the safety of other road users.

Some of that onboard footage also does little to convince the viewer that the officers riding is any better than the person being pursued and in some cases worse.

Police riders/drivers do go through a lot of training and by and large are very competent but when the red mist descends the standard of riding is often no better than the average rider as the accident statistics seem to suggest.

Sometimes i think that they are using their priviledge as a police officer to have legalised fun.

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