Are the police ATVs allowed on the road?

| 22/02/2019

I see the police are going to be using ATVs. I am wondering if they will be driving these on the road as well as the beach. Can you find out?

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Auntie’s answer: As you note, the RCIPS recently purchased two all-terrain vehicles to be used for patrolling the beach and off-road areas. The police debuted them during last weekend’s KAABOO festival.

It makes sense that they will have to travel on the road on their way to the beach, and they are licensed to do so “under specific conditions”, an RCIPS spokesperson said. The police can take the ATVs on the road only when they are en route to “duty stations”, such as when being driven to the beach for patrols. But they are not to be used for patrolling the roads, which is left to the regular marked patrol cars.

The RCIPS previously explained that the conditions of the ATVs being licensed as special police utility vehicles also include that they must travel at lower speeds, use safety gear, have special insurance and only be operated by specially qualified and trained drivers.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    They have full-size reflective RFID vehicle plates mounted to the front gear locker, instead of more appropriate motorcycle plates. Not very stealthy, and looks ridiculously out of place on an ATV.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think they are a fantastic addition to patrolling our beaches!! We all know which areas they will need to be frequenting…