Staff blog: A lecture from the rozzers

Published: 08 May 2013

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You might think your licence would be safe on a scooter but I’ve already been in trouble with the rozzers a week after picking mine up.


The Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Executive has two automatic modes: Drive and Power. The latter is surprisingly, addictively brisk.


Pulling out of a petrol station on the way to work yesterday morning, I glanced over my shoulder, clocked a safe gap in the traffic and succumbed to the temptation to nail it.


Amidst the traffic was a police car, which I didn’t spot until it appeared in my mirrors, lights flashing and siren blaring. Oh dear.


“What do you think you were doing?” the officer asked. “It’s a 50mph speed limit. We’re doing 60 and you’re pulling away from us, so I’d say about 70. We’re in a marked police car. Didn’t you see us?”


“I saw cars but not a police car,” I said feebly.


“Can I just point out that it quite clearly says ‘Police’ on that vehicle?” he said. I couldn’t argue. It did. “Engage your brain,” he said. “If there’s a police car there, don’t go so fast.”


Then he got back into his car and drove away, proving that London police can be very reasonable.


He was right to give me a telling off. The episode doesn’t say much for my observation skills. My brain is now engaged.


Find out how the Burgman and I have been getting on otherwise in next week’s MCN, out on May 15.