Seems the Old Pacific Highway trick is being used on MacquariePass. Be careful and spread the word far and wide. I received this email earlier today and you need to make sure all riders are aware of the underhanded type approach highway patrol are apparently using to trick riders into breaking the law. In order to let you know who I am, I have corresponded with you once before about an incident involving myself and my brother being booked at AlbionPark, NSW. We fought that charge and it was dismissed before court, I sent you the details on the 10th April last year for your records. On Sunday the 10th of March, myself and 3 others rode out on the Illawarra h'way to MacquariePass. As we approached the first corner at the bottom of the Pass , a blue/grey Prado, rego BM90JD was observed to pull out from the left of the roadside and proceed slowly up the Pass in front of us. Motorcyclists being what they are , we overtook as soon as we had a chance. Several others that were not riding with us , did the same thing a little further up the pass and eventually caught up with us. After crossing the railway bridge after the Tourist road turnof , we were ALL pulled over in an open area on the left , that I thought was a booze bus location. It contained a van, and two highway patrol cars. We were asked to produce licences, rego numbers were written down , and we were then informed that we would ALL(11 riders) be booked for "not keep left of dividing line" a $298 fine and loss of 3 points offence. We were informed that we had been filmed by a covert police vehicle (the officer's words, not mine), which had also pulled into the open area. Everyone received their infringement notice, I was told that "we wont go on with any speed offence, but we are experienced in estimating speed" , and that I should slow down in future. Point taken by me, I was then released to go about my business. The Prado had dark tinted windows, and a Go-Pro style camera pointing forward thru the windscreen from a mount either on the dash or the windscreen itself. Two officers in plain clothes manned the vehicle, one armed with a clip-board on which he had written rego numbers and a brief description of the bike and rider. It was obviously targeting motorcycles on the Pass, and was observed to be there all day. I realise that entrapment is not recognised in law in this country, but to all intents and purposes that is what is going on here. Like it or not I did commit an offence and am resigned to paying the penalty, but it does leave a sour taste in my mouth that they resort to this to revenue raise - a marked car at the bottom of the Pass would have had the same effect of making riders(and drivers) obey the law , as inducing them to break it then fining them afterwards. Several hours later at the end of the days ride, we went back down the Pass on the way home and saw the Prado back down the same place again. We rode towards AlbionPark for 5 minutes, not seeing any other motorcycles, but did see approx 12 cars heading towards the Pass. We then stopped and turned around and went back, and sure enough the Prado was still there , obviously NOT baiting car drivers. Once again as we approached, it pulled out in front of us and proceeded up the Pass. Alas, we decided not to follow, and they had a wasted trip up as we slowed and let them go out of sight , turned around at the bottom and went home. Possibly a warning to any riders that you come across, that these new tactics are in use, may help others not to receive similar fines in the future.