Moped and motorbike pursuits

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many pursuits being conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service have either been refused authorisation, or abandoned due to those being pursued riding a Moped or motorbike in each of the last three years?


Answer for Moped and motorbike pursuits

Answer for Moped and motorbike pursuits

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Owing to limitations with the MPS Command and Control IT systems, it was not possible to capture this level of data by mode of vehicle. It is not, therefore possible to accurately report individual pursuit termination data for the previous three years. 

However, reporting systems were improved in 2016 to enable capture of all pursuits by mode, and the total numbers of pursuits authorised or refused.

Between January 2016 and December 2016 a total of 1299 pursuit related incidents were recorded. 

       Of these, 749 were not authorised to continue beyond the initial phase. 

       Of the total pursuit related incidents (1299), 363 have the subject vehicle recorded as a motorcycle.  With 264 recorded as being discontinued following authorisation, 118 of which are due to disproportionate risk being posed to other drivers, rider or the public.

Please also see my response to MQ 2016/ 129.