Temporary Ban On Pillion Passengers Suggested To Combat London 'Moped' Crime
London Assembly Green Party member, Sian Berry has suggested a temporary ban on pillion passengers as a way of reducing moped crime in London.
Ms Berry, who is also the deputy chairwoman of the assembly’s Police and Crime Committee, said she had raised the idea with senior Met officers.
The Green Party member said police should consider the measure in robbery hotspots, the Evening Standard reported.
The ban would only affect "mopeds", the term often used by the press when referring to scooter-enabled crime, despite the vehicles being used for the crime having a capacity larger than 50cc and not being distinct from motorcycles under law.
It was not made clear how the ban would affect motorcycle pillions in practice.
Ms Berry said: “A very small number of people are causing large amounts of fear on our streets. I live in a huge hotspot in Camden and resident concern and debate on how to deal with this is running very high.
“A local safer neighbourhood panel chair pointed out a tactic used in some other countries: to temporarily ban the carrying of pillion passengers across whole cities.
“I’d like to know what people think as I’m really not sure this is right for London. But it’s possible that temporary bans on moped passengers in particular areas would help to identify and better target police action, as anyone defying a ban would know they might be spoken to.”
Adie Kitachi, founder of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Community and motorcycle security consultant for the Motorcycle Action Group supported the idea, saying: “It’s a good idea. I pillion my partner sometimes but it is not that popular, so I don’t think too many people would be aggrieved.
“What you do get are criminals using high-powered mopeds with a pillion passenger tooled up with weapons.”
Commander Julian Bennett of the Met's Territorial Policing said: “We would consider any suggestion or proposals from anyone that might make this type of offence even more difficult to commit. However, any initiative adopted must be proportionate, practical and within current law.”