Nuisance Motorbikes

Alert message sent 04/01/2022 15:58:00

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Since Christmas, across the borough we have seen a slight increase in the amount of reports of anti-social behaviour involving off-road motorbikes such as quad bikes, dirt bikes, pit bikes and mini-motos.

We fully understand that not everyone who owns one of these types of motorbikes is a vehicular menace and some parents (or Santa, of course) may have purchased them for their children as a gift. It is important to remember where these vehicles can and can't be used and the potential consequences of being found using one where they shouldn't or in a manner that causes alarm, harassment or distress.

While quad bikes, three-wheeled bikes, trail bikes and some other two-wheeled vehicles are built for off-road use, it is against the law to ride them in public parks or on publicly-owned land without permission from the local authority. In Tamworth, examples of this would include the cycle-path network and areas such as Dosthill or Wigginton Park.

As with unlicensed powered vehicles, these can only be used on private roads or land with the road or land-owner’s permission.

Some people regard the use of these vehicles as harmless fun. However, regular anti-social vehicle use can have a wider impact on a neighbourhood or community. The effect of dangerous or reckless use of a vehicle can lead to criminal damage of land, pathways and surrounding property.

Drivers and riders also risk injuring themselves, cyclists, pedestrians and even wildlife as areas such as Belgrave or Stonydelph lakes are not made for this type of use.

The potential consequences of being found misusing one of these vehicles can start with something such as Community Protection Warning or Section 59 or depending on the circumstances could lead to a fine, points on your licence (even if you don't have one yet!) and a criminal record.
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John Horton (Police, PCSO, Tamworth)

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