If you are heading down to do a lap of Tasmania before or after your annual MotoGP pilgrimage, watch out for the unmarked police motorcycles.
Unmarked police bikes are civilian versions which have discrete emergency lights, sirens and cameras fitted, but no police identification stickers, numbers or paintwork.
While we are not exactly sure what models the Tassie cops are using, when we asked Police Minister Mark Shelton for specifics a spokesperson said they wouldn’t be “releasing further details for operational reasons”.
However, they did later send us a photo of a Triumph Tiger and two photos of Yamaha MT models with police extras.
Here is the ministerial press release:
This contemporary patrol method allows the unmarked motorcycle to penetrate traffic by lane filtering and is primarily used to detect offences like speeding, mobile phone usage, inattention, traffic light offences and blocking intersections,” a ministerial statement says.
The initial trial in Hobart detected more than 1000 offences in the first three months with the majority being high risk offences and 1-in-4 being a mobile phone offence.
The unmarked motorcycles are fitted with full lights and sirens and three different models of motorcycle will be used.
Motorcycle officers report that there has been a noticeable change in driver behaviour and the introduction of helmet-mounted recording cameras has led to only one person challenging an infringement.
The program has also received strong public support with many motorists supportive of mobile phone enforcement and other offences that contribute to traffic congestion.
“The perception of unmarked vehicles has changed as result of other aspects of an increasing surveillance culture by governments,” the AMC says.
“Marked police vehicles in all states are a visible presence which positively influences road behaviour, often to improve rider safety.
“Unmarked police vehicles such as used by detective agencies are understandable, but unmarked vehicles for road law enforcement appear more punitive as they have no perceived positive role in encouraging good roadcraft.