Police pick up keys to Yamaha R6 for BikeSafe campaign

Monday, 24 August, 2009

PC Tom Maxwell from the Roads Policing Unit with Mr Bill Hailstone, Director of Woking Yamaha

PC Tom Maxwell from Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit was delighted to receive the keys to a brand new Yamaha R6 motorcycle recently which has been loaned to Surrey Police for use on its BikeSafe campaign.

The picture shows PC Tom Maxwell from the Roads Policing Unit based at Chertsey receiving the motorcycle from Mr Bill Hailstone, Director of Woking Yamaha, 77 Goldsworth Road, Woking.

BikeSafe is a non profit making national initiative run by the Police Service of England and Wales with the aim of reducing the number of serious motorcycle collisions.

Surrey Police is contributing to the national scheme this year with eleven pre-planned dates operating out of Dorking Police Station. Due to overwhelming demand the scheme for this year is fully booked but further details can be found on the website www.bikesafe.co.uk.

The BikeSafe day starts with a presentation followed by pairing up of riders on their own bikes with a qualified motorcycle observer. The remainder of the day is a practical on road session with the observer with the aim of helping the rider develop greater road skills.

Anyone with a motorcycle over 125cc is welcome to attend and the day is geared up to complement further training with organisations such as the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists), ROSPA (Royal Society for the prevention of accidents) and Driving Standards Agency enhanced rider scheme.

PC Tom Maxwell said: "Surrey Police is very grateful to Bill Hailstone of Woking Yamaha for their generous support of this initiative. The appeal of the R6 bike certainly attracts attention at locations such as Boxhill and Newlands Corner and encourages riders to come on one of the BikeSafe days."

The Force already has an established link with Yamaha with the gradual introduction of the Yamaha FJR1300 as the fleet police motorcycle in the county.

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