What counts as ''mechanically propelled'' ?The police wouldn't turn up at a ebike versus cargo ebike crash


We have had so much new work recently and so many invigorating issues are arising .This is one that has sent me away to look at the police guidance for when they should attend a road accident. Because a single police officer who , it seems, was only passing by , told my client who had sustained a broken back (!) and so a serious injury that the police did not have to attend !

This was even though my poor client was in extreme pain and had to go in the ambulance to hospital where she was detained for over a week.

Technically, the police officer is (half ?) right because the police guidance that I have found says that one '' mechanically propelled '' vehicle must be involved for the police to attend .How can this be right ?

In any event, he's only half right because this was an accident between two ebikes , and the cause of the accident was a cargo ebike so not one but BOTH vehicles were mechanically propelled.

Following this logic, the police would not attend a cyclist v pedestrian accident, does it mean that only medics turned up to the Charlie Alliston accident where the poor pedestrian was killed while crossing the road?

How else can there be a proper police investigation ?

Time methinks to bring those police rules up to date to the 21st century, so that's my latest campaign...starting with this case.

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