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Police (Motor Cycle Purchases)

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what were the reasons given by police authorities to the British motor cycle manufacturers why their machines did not meet the force requirement, which were referred to in the answer given in a Parliamentary Question by the hon. Member for Uxbridge on 29th April;(2) what was the nature of the tests carried out by some police authorities on British motor cycles which have led to them informing the manufacturers that the motor cycles did not meet the force requirements.

Some police authorities, whose forces have evaluated British motor cycles in recent trials by experienced riders under operational conditions and over a period of some months, have told the manufacturers that excessive vibration made the machines unsuitable for police use.