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UK getting tough on motorcycles

We're seeing our fair share of questionable motorcycle laws here in Canada. Riders in Ontario for example have been in an uproar over recent stunting and speeding laws that seem overly punitive. Now Bill 117 aims to make it illegal to transport children under 14 on a motorcycle in Ontario.

Well, if you think we've got it bad, Police chiefs in the UK are trying to ban motorcycle altogether or at the very least limit their use and tightly control them.

They referred to motorcycles as ‘motorised toys’ which may not be ‘fit for purpose’ on public highways, the Association of Chief Police Officers told the Commons Transport Committee.

The comments were published in a report by the APCO committee on road safety.

The ACPO memo calls for the creation of no-motorcycle zones and a desire to put power caps on motorcycles. It states: ‘There is a need for radical thinking in respect of motorcycles, including consideration of engine capability and the creation of protection zones where all motorcycles other than those specifically permitted would be prohibited.’

The association also calls for motorcycles to be fitted with chips to allow police to identify them from a distance, and tougher penalties for illegal number plates. It says: ‘The detection of motorcycling offences is problematic, encouraging non-compliance. For this reason, stricter penalties should be introduced for non-compliant registration plates and further work should be done on the development of such products as number plates containing chips that will allow automated vehicle identification, even at high speeds.’

I wonder if they'll also do this with cars too? There's plenty of sports cars that are very capable of easily breaking speed limits as well.

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