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Police to issue thousands more riders with hi-vis vests

February 12, 2010

Police to issue thousands more riders with hi-vis vests

Thousands of motorcyclists could be stopped by police for not wearing high-visibility clothing as more forces adopt the policy.

Riders will be stopped and given lectures on “being seen” as well reflective vests to put on over their jackets or leathers.

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire are the latest areas to join Sussex in issuing the kit.

Nottinghamshire Police plans to hand out 3000 packs containing hi-vis vests. Riders are invited to collect them from police stations but will also be stopped and given them at the roadside.

In Lincolnshire, motorcyclists can collect the kit but are not being stopped at the roadside, according to the force.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “We’re putting together high-visibility packs at the moment and will start to hand them out in March. They contain a high-visibility jacket or bib and rucksack, as well as leaflets which are designed for all road users but contain messages relevant to motorcyclists in respect of speed.”
The Motorcycle Action Group says the tactics are a step towards compulsory hi-vis clothing or reduced insurance pay-outs for riders in dark kit.

A spokesman for the group said: “We’re advising all riders stopped without obvious cause in order to deliver these lectures to make a stand by lodging formal complaints.

“We advise riders to use the web to contact local police forces by keying ‘police’ and the neighbourhood where you got stopped. If police time is tied up too much they may soon drop this tactic.”

Find more on complaining to each of the forces here:

How would you feel about being stopped? Tell us by adding your comments below.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. steve permalink
    April 4, 2010 3:56 pm

    Hi vis vests?
    I was returning from York yesterday ( 15:10 hrs 3rd April 2010) the weather was intermitant showery but bright i was wearing a Triumph Motorcycles branded 1 piece wet suit in BRIGHT YELLOW my motorcycle was using both 55 watt superwhite bright headlights, on the A1 a car drove/drifted straight across the front of me from the oncomming slip road totally oblivious to my presence WHY, cos the muppet was on his phone thats why, i think “BE SEEN” wear a hi vis vest, if he could not see a 6 foot 16 stone lemon with 2 blazing eyes he’s not going to see a little hi vis vest unless its got SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE blazoned across the front, this proves its the writing that gets the intrest not the vest.

    Here below is my solution to this problem:

    Lets get one of the biggest modern problems off the road now its easy, anyone caught on the phone handsfree or otherwise should suffer the same fate a no insurance/licence/ tax, STOP them, take the car off them on the spot, lift the car/van ect for 7 days minimum and let them pay for recovery/storage and suffer the inconvienience and cost of using public transport, i would not even trouble them with a fine. Inconvienience is a fantastic free tool that is very effective, if you dont believe me take the car off the wife for a week, say NO to any requests for a lift anywhere, you would be lucky to survive 2 days let alone a week.
    Steve

  2. goldiron permalink*
    April 4, 2010 5:55 pm

    Steve,
    You are on the right track and much too lenient at the same time. These daft fuckers need to lose their automobile to the crusher as easily as the MP will have a motorbike crushed.
    Mike

  3. May 5, 2010 8:47 am

    Steve, you made me laugh a “6 foot 16 stone lemon with 2 blazing eyes” best quote for a blog post this year. I know what you mean though I hate twats using there phones while driving maybe it is them who need hi-vis mobiles so we can get out of there way! On a more serious note hi-vis clothing does help I think but really only should be necessary at night.

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