A speeding motor cyclist can be a problem for other road users particularly on country roads with limited opportunities of sight. The sound of a big harley roaring up behind your tinny wee 1.1L car can scare the be jeesus out of everyone, not just new drivers. We then see stupid reactions causing the the motor cyclist to pay the ultimate price.
All motor cyclists know that the real problem always has been and always will be “Visibility” has that man in the tin box seen you. He looked at you, you looked at him but then he STILL pulled out in front of you
If you know your Sportsbikes from your Cruisers, your Standard bike from your Touring bike, your Ducati Diavel from your BMW K1600GT? If so then congratulations, you know more about motorbikes than us. What we DO understand, however, is how road traffic law affects motorcyclists and the concerns that many motorcyclists have when using their bikes on the road.
Whereas the Highway Code is always at pains to stress to car drivers the vulnerability of motorcyclists, it appears that motorcyclists are often the focus of police attention for very different reasons. Please consider the following excerpt from The Central Scotland Police Annual Report for 2011-12 which specifically referred to the behaviour of motorcyclists ostensibly with the aim of reducing road deaths and injuries:
We read today in the national press that a massive police initiative in Scotland focused on bike riders but ironically it netted many more car drivers than motor cyclists with 950 prosecutions about 40 of whom were speeding motor cyclists.
“Officers took part in enforcement campaigns and initiatives, such as Bike Safe and Around the Corner, to help educate motorcyclists to drive safely and responsibly.”
The Scottish police have clearly earmarked motorcyclists as a group meriting particular attention and worthy of targeted ‘enforcement campaigns’.
We are also aware from our motorcyclist clients that there is an undercurrent of feeling that motorcyclists are treated more harshly by the courts than car drivers for ostensibly similar offences. Regular readers of the motorcycle magazine MCN will be aware of numerous instances of UK bikers receiving custodial sentences for travelling at speeds deemed ‘dangerous’.
If you are a motorcyclist and you are accused of a road traffic offence, our advice is therefore to seek legal representation as soon as possible. We are here to help so call us to arrange a FREE consultation today.
Commissioner is inappropriate we can also advise you on your rights of appeal.