A change to the regulation?

I used to be chatting with my mate within the pub about these ‘scooter thugs’ who trip round nicking bikes, telephones, and so on. we had an excellent snicker watching movies on YouTube the place they get knocked off by police models tasked with cracking down on such a crime.

Nevertheless, my mate then confirmed me a number of instances the place these law enforcement officials have been prosecuted for harmful driving. How is that this honest? They’re doing a public service and are the one folks stopping these scooter thugs. What’s the authorized place on this?


It has modified. The outdated regulation, if I can name it that, utilized to all of us in the identical method.

That’s to say, in case your driving or using (and I take advantage of these phrases interchangeably) fell beneath, or far beneath, the usual of a ‘cautious and competent driver’, you have been responsible of careless or harmful driving. So, a copper who rams a scooter thug off his bike could be handled the identical method for those who or I did it. In fact, we aren’t skilled, and we don’t drive police vehicles, so it did appear a bit unfair – particularly as all of us love our bikes, and it was painful to see these thugs nicking our bikes off the streets with no regard for the regulation.

That each one modified on October 36, 2022. The brand new invoice, known as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, now creates one other class of ‘skilled driver’. The courtroom now not treats your TPAC/pursuit-trained police officer on the identical foundation because it did earlier than. The courtroom can now think about the police driver’s explicit coaching, which, if it permits for pursuits and tactical contact, is the copper’s defence in opposition to being locked up for harmful driving.

Hopefully, we’ll see a discount in these scooter thugs committing crimes, as they know the police will pursue them. The police are having a tough time in the mean time, however for these good apples within the drive, relaxation assured that the regulation change could be very a lot in your aspect.

I do know I wouldn’t need to have an argument with a 5 Collection BMW. If the extent of crime doesn’t change, I believe we’ll see much more YouTube movies of scooter thugs getting knocked off. Ouch.

Gavin Grewal

Quick Bikes January 2023