AN UNMARKED Cheshire Police motorcycle has been unveiled in a bid to improve rider skills and cut the number of bikers killed or injured on the roads.
The black Yamaha FJR 1300 has been fitted with emergency lighting and sirens and a high-tech video system that enables officers to add real-time commentary and playback to stopped motorists at the road-side.
Sergeant Richard Weaver of Cheshire Police said: “Officers on the unmarked motorcycle will be using their judgement and experience when stopping riders – engaging with and educating bikers as appropriate; for example, if someone has made minor judgement errors, then they’ll be stopped, shown a video recording of their riding and given suitable advice.
“We’re also looking to get bikers on to rider referral schemes, and post-test training initiatives such as BikeSafe and the Enhanced Rider Scheme to develop their proficiency and skills.
“However, those committing serious and dangerous offences will be dealt with through fixed penalty notices or in the courts.”
In the last three years, 419 bikers have been killed or seriously injured in Cheshire, with the majority of riders men in the 35–55 age group.
He added: “The majority of bikers ride within the law but we’re still catching some riding at more than 100 mph, which is incredibly dangerous.”