I decided to ask the Met about this ‘no chasing’ policy and got the following reply:
[quote]Thank you for your email which was passed to me on the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC). Please accept my apologies for the slight delay in replying.
The RTPC are the lead OCU within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) for Police Driver Standards and the Pursuit Policy.
There is a growing trend in motorcycle enabled robberies and this is now a priority crime for the MPS.
We have specially trained police pursuit drivers which are sometimes referred to as “tactical pursuit and containment drivers (TPAC)” and specialist deflation devices which can be used on motorcycles we are pursuing. We have seen considerable success in using these trained officers in crime hotspots in London in order to assure the safety of the public while bringing offenders to justice.
The MPS continues to review and introduce new measures to provide more tactics for officers when tackling motorcycle crime.
I hope this reassures you that where appropriate, we do pursue motorcycles and take motorcycle enabled crime seriously.
Currently, I report as much as I can, even though I’m aware it may not result in immediate action. Scooter riders with no plates, helmets, dumped scooters, people riding on pavements etc… I’d advise everyone else to do the same.