Speeding stats: the riders that give motorcyclists a bad name

Published on 25 February 2016 by Tom Wadlow

A small number of motorcyclists are among the UK’s worst speeding offenders caught by police in 2014-15.

Of the 43 motorists stopped driving at speeds above 130mph, more than a quarter were BMW drivers or motorcyclists, with at least another three motorcyclists riding other models also in that group.

More than 2,000 road users were caught speeding above 100mph in the 2014-15 financial period according to freedom of information request by the BBC.

A footballer clocked the worst offence, caught on the A1 in Cambridgeshire in March last year travelling 156mph in a BMW M4 Coupe. Jordan Slew, a striker for Cambridge United, was fined £1,400 and given a six-month driving ban.

Despite the fact that most of these offences were committed by car drivers, a small number of motorcyclists appear to be tarnishing the reputation of the vast majority of safe riders who apply by traffic laws. 

BMF’s Government Relations Executive Graeme Hay commented: “Most of us do a pretty good job of sticking to the speed limits, especially in built-up areas, where speed can put children the elderly at great risk and now smartphone users. On the open roads most of us have drifted over the speed limit from time to time.

“I often seem to when overtaking slower vehicles but it’s such a shame that there are still a very small number of riders who can’t seem to recognise the purpose of track days. We all know that the press love to associate motorcycling with speed and this is why the perception of riders, amongst non-riders is so vulnerable to some idiot making a land-speed record attempt on a public road. I’m not saying it’s not fun – just go somewhere else and do it”.

The number of motorists caught appears to be rising since 2010, with The Telegraph reporting that between 2010 and 2014 a total of 452,540 speeding fines were issued by magistrates, netting the Treasury more than £45million worth of fines.