Villages near A272 east and the A32 launch campaign against agressive biking

Police deny not taking action over anti-social motorbiking

Police deny not taking action over anti-social motorbiking

First published in News

HAMPSHIRE police have denied failing to take anti-social motorbiking seriously.

Villagers along two major roads have launched a campaign to cut high-speed and aggressive riding.

The issue is especially serious on the A272 east from Winchester and the A32 down the Meon Valley.

There is growing alarm at the number of illegal silencers being used.

Inspector Steve Wakeford, of Hampshire roads policing unit, said: “We do take this issue very seriously. However, motorcycles are inherently loud and the noise heard may not only be caused by exhaust systems.

“If a motorcycle is stopped then it is checked for illegal parts by officers. Non-road use exhaust systems are mostly marked as such and are immediately identifiable.”

Insp Wakeford said the police’s priority was reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.

He added: “As good weather approaches we raise our patrols of all motorcycle casualty roads. The enforcement includes speed detection, careless riding detection and when appropriate construction and use offences. This is balanced with education regarding safety and environmental impacts. We obviously prioritise the most serious issues first.”

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10:18am Tue 10 Jun 14

derek james says...

a lot of bikers do ride like maniacs on these roads, unfortunately most speed detection equipment is useless for bikes as there is no front number pl;ate
a lot of bikers do ride like maniacs on these roads, unfortunately most speed detection equipment is useless for bikes as there is no front number pl;ate derek james
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10:38am Tue 10 Jun 14

davel_cats says...

I don't know what the police can do, but the A32 can be a nightmare when the bikers overtake on sharp bends and when the only time an accident can be avoided is if a car driver brakes sharply to let them back into line. I do not understand why they need to go so fast - they arrive at their destination 1 or 2 minutes earlier - is that really worth the risk? Then you read about a motorbike wrapped around a tree - would this happen if the bike were going at the speed limit (or less, if the weather was bad)? I don't think so.
If speed detection equipment cannot detect a bike without a front number plate, surely something else can be invented? Some identifying mark required on the front of bikes? Or on the rider's helmet?
Before bikers jump down my throat, I am not saying ALL bikers break the law and drive like maniacs, but many do.
I don't know what the police can do, but the A32 can be a nightmare when the bikers overtake on sharp bends and when the only time an accident can be avoided is if a car driver brakes sharply to let them back into line. I do not understand why they need to go so fast - they arrive at their destination 1 or 2 minutes earlier - is that really worth the risk? Then you read about a motorbike wrapped around a tree - would this happen if the bike were going at the speed limit (or less, if the weather was bad)? I don't think so. If speed detection equipment cannot detect a bike without a front number plate, surely something else can be invented? Some identifying mark required on the front of bikes? Or on the rider's helmet? Before bikers jump down my throat, I am not saying ALL bikers break the law and drive like maniacs, but many do. davel_cats
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11:06am Tue 10 Jun 14

huckit P says...

The inspector is wrong to state that motorcycles are inherently noisy. When leaving the factory the majority of them are no more noisier than a car. The problem is with the after-sales exhausts purchased by the morons just to make noise.
Many of the scooter riders think that the more noise they make the faster they can go.
The police do not take it seriously and are not bothered in the slightest by noisy motorbikes. They are only interested in the motorist who they can bleed dry with numerous penalties. Much easier to catch than a bike with no front number plate.
The inspector is wrong to state that motorcycles are inherently noisy. When leaving the factory the majority of them are no more noisier than a car. The problem is with the after-sales exhausts purchased by the morons just to make noise. Many of the scooter riders think that the more noise they make the faster they can go. The police do not take it seriously and are not bothered in the slightest by noisy motorbikes. They are only interested in the motorist who they can bleed dry with numerous penalties. Much easier to catch than a bike with no front number plate. huckit P
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12:50am Wed 11 Jun 14

southy says...

road use exhaust systems can also be illegal, police need to carry noise sensors that measures the db level
road use exhaust systems can also be illegal, police need to carry noise sensors that measures the db level southy
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