Here's what NOT to do on a motorcycle during lockdown

Police warn the quieter roads are not an opportunity to bikers to take advantage by taking a high-speed spin on a motorcycle


Ever since strict lockdown measures were introduced, we are confident the vast majority of you out there have been adhering to Stay At Home rules, limiting potential journeys out on the motorcycle to essential trips.

However, perhaps inevitably there will continue to be some ‘bad eggs’ as demonstrated by this biker, who appears to have taken advantage of the quieter roads to go for a high-speed spin on his Suzuki.

The man was travelling southbound on the M23 on Thursday when he passed a marked police car doing more than 150mph.

Officers gave chase and lost him around Fulking in West Sussex, but after spotting a van in a nearby car park they asked the driver if they had seen a motorcycle. The driver said no, but when police investigated further they caught sight of the motorcycle again and a 25-year old rider was arrested for speeding, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

Coming at a time when roads are indeed quieter due to the lockdown measures, Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, warned it does give people license to take advantage.

“It’s hugely disappointing that this incident occurred less than 24 hours after we issued an appeal for motorists to avoid unnecessary journeys, and to pay particular attention to the ‘fatal four’ offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt.

“Just because a road is clear, it does not give you license to speed or commit any other offence. Travelling at such a senseless speed significantly reduces the amount of time you have to react to any other hazards on the road, therefore increasing your chances of being involved in a collision.

“Speed kills. It’s as simple as that. The motorcyclist in this incident can count himself fortunate to still be alive – he could easily have killed or seriously injured himself or someone else.”