Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Staffordshire Police Smart Alert - Off Road Bikers Reminded to be Lawful and Considerate

We are reminding vehicle owners to be mindful and lawful when riding off road vehicles.

As the weather improves and daylight hours increase, we receive calls from residents complaining about off road motor bikes, quad bikes and other illegal motor cycles.

Riding off road bikes is enjoyed by lots of people, but they can only be ridden on private land and with the land owner's permission.

Such bikes are noisy, and sometimes dangerous, and more often than not are likely to be uninsured. 
Riders are reminded to wear suitable protective clothing including helmets when riding these vehicles.

Officers are reminding parents to ensure they know where their children are and what they are doing, and to make them aware of the potential danger of riding these vehicles
If offenders are caught on public land, or land where they do not have the owner's permission, they face prosecution and, in some cases, parents will be held accountable for their child's actions.

Section 59 warning notices can also be issued to offending riders and their vehicles.  If the rider or vehicle is seen again, the police can seize and destroy the vehicle.

Anyone with information about persons responsible, including details of the vehicles involved, should contact us on 101 or anonymously via crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.