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The Home Office has launched a Police Pursuit Consultation with the public, asking for your view on six key areas that will affect how officers chase motorcycle riding criminals.

The motorcycling community has until 13th August 2018 to affect how trained police officers are treated by legislation when they are asked to pursue suspect riding dangerously.

As members of the public, we have the right to express our reaction to the Police Pursuit Consultation, which you can read here.

The Consultation asks six key questions, which we have repeated below. You can give your responses to the questions by simply cutting and pasting the questions here into an email or letter, and either highlight your agreement (or remove the disagreements, leaving your preferred answer in place). We’ll list the email and postal address after the questions.

The Consultation questions:

Q1. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the emergency services’ exemptions from certain aspects of road traffic law (including any restrictions to the exemptions) should be reviewed and, where necessary, amended so that they are set out in similar terms?

Strongly agree / Agree / Neither agree or disagree / Disagree / Strongly disagree

Q2. To what extent do you agree or disagree that a police officer should be accountable for the standard of driving of a suspected criminal who is attempting to avoid arrest by driving in a dangerous manner?

Strongly agree / Agree / Neither agree or disagree / Disagree / Strongly disagree

Q3. To what extent do you agree or disagree that a police officer in pursuit or responding to an emergency should be held to the driving standard of a ‘careful and competent’ motorist (i.e. a member of the public), despite the various exemptions to roads traffic law?

Strongly agree / Agree / Neither agree or disagree / Disagree / Strongly disagree

Q4. To what extent do you agree or disagree that a police officer in pursuit or responding to an emergency should be compared to the driving standard of a careful and competent police driver of a similar level of training and skill?

Strongly agree / Agree / Neither agree or disagree / Disagree / Strongly disagree

Q5. To what extent do you agree or disagree that a police officer in pursuit or responding to an emergency should be required to drive in such a way that is both necessary and proportionate to the circumstances?

Strongly agree / Agree / Neither agree or disagree / Disagree / Strongly disagree

Q6. To what purposes do you consider that the reforms proposed in this document should apply?

Police pursuits / Police pursuits and response / No changes are necessary

About You:

Which of the following best describes your organisation or the professional interest?

Please select one option:
a. Police force
b. Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
c. Victims’ group
d. Voluntary sector / community organisation
e. Government department or agency (including Devolved Administration)
f. Academic institution or think tank
g. Representative body
h. None – I am responding as a member of the public
i. Prefer not to say
j. Other (please specify)
Which organisation do you represent? ………………………………………………………………………………………

In which of the following areas are you based?

Please select one option:
a. East Midlands
b. East of England
c. Greater London
d. North East England
e. North West England
f. South East England
g. South West England
h. Wales
i. West Midlands
j. Yorkshire and the Humber
k. Scotland
l. Nationally based
m. Prefer not to say n. Other (please specify)

Sending your response

The address to send your response, by 13th August 2018, is:

You can e-mail your response to the following e-mail address: roadtraffic@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Or send it by post to:
Police Pursuits Review Police Powers Unit
6th Floor NW,
Fry Building
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
LONDON
SW1P 4DF

If you have any queries regarding the consultation or your proposed response, you can contact the Police Powers Unit at the e-mail address above.

To understand how the information you supply will be used by the Consultation, see the original Home Office Document: The Law, Guidance and Training Governing Police Pursuits: Current Position and Proposals for Change.

If you’d like to know more about the background to the Police Pursuits Consultation, read our original article: https://www.bikerandbike.co.uk/new-police-pursuits-consultation-announced/

 

Copyright Notice:
The questions, responses and advisory information used in this article are reproduced from the Home Office Document: The Law, Guidance and Training Governing Police Pursuits: Current Position and Proposals for Change, © Crown 2018

 



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