Northumbria PCC revises controversial ‘tracker devices’ call

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Published on 15 April 2021 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness, whose controversial call for "all motorbikes" to be fitted with “tracker devices... so their whereabouts and speed can be monitored” prompted major public outcry, has issued a new statement significantly revising this position 

As the BMF reported, there was widespread dismay among motorcyclists at Commissioner McGuinness’ proposal, which BMF Chairman Jim Freeman called “as sinister as it is unfair” and the National Motorcycle Council’s Craig Carey-Clinch dubbed “a poorly thought-through idea which would guarantee negative impacts for legitimate riders”. 

In a new development, a statement from the Commissioner has admitted that: “These proposals caused concern to some law-abiding bikers, and we’d like to make clear that we are now working with motorcycle groups to look at more acceptable proposals.” 

It went on to say: “The Commissioner is pleased that this has opened up conversation with the relevant parties and is now looking forward to working with them in finding solutions to tackle bike-related ASB [anti-social behaviour] caused by a very small minority of bike users. Anyone with ideas and suggestions that will help cut this crime and keep people safe is encouraged to contact the office.” 

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