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Complaints of Off Road Vehicle Riders Behaving Irresponsibly In Rugby Rise

Author: Hazel Nicholas Published: 17th May 2011 12:39

Police Warn Off Road Vehicle Riders To Behave Responsibly.

Complaints about people riding off-road vehicles in Warwickshire towns and parks are revving up.

In recent months, police and council community safety officers have received numerous reports about people using off-road vehicles in anti-social ways which can endanger members of the public and cause a general nuisance.

In response, guidance has been produced by the county council and Warwickshire Police to make people aware of the consequences of improper use such as prosecution or confiscation.

Some important things for off-roaders to remember include:

· It is illegal to ride an off-road vehicle in a park, public place or on common land
· Unless the vehicle is specifically made for road use, you can only ride it on private land with the land owners permission
· The Road Traffic Act can be applied if off-road vehicles are used in public places, in an anti-social way or driven carelessly
· Any vehicle used on the road will need a driving licence/test certificate (and certificate of basic training for off-road bikes), road fund licence/tax disc, insurance and MOT certificate.
· Riding an off-road vehicle can be dangerous, ensure that you know how to ride safely and within the law
· The rider must be wearing appropriate and legal protective clothing and equipment

Cllr Richard Hobbs, Warwickshire County Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, said: "Off-road bikes, although popular with young people, are not toys and need to be used under strict conditions using appropriate safety equipment.

"The vehicles can be very noisy and their use in public places can be seen as threatening and anti-social so we want to bring the message home that this will not be tolerated in Warwickshire."

Superintendent Martin McNevin, from Warwickshire Police added: "Anyone caught riding an off-road vehicle could be prosecuted under the Road Traffic Act and could face legal action including anti-social behaviour, harassment or tenancy proceedings, a fine, imprisonment, or having the vehicle seized and crushed.

"Riding off-road vehicles can also be dangerous, so it is important to know how to use them safely and follow the law. Local clubs, events and competitions could provide appropriate places to ride."

Community safety teams are also alerting motorcycle and scooter owners to an increased number of thefts in Warwickshire each year and advising them to secure their vehicles safely.

Advice for anyone thinking of buying a second-hand bike includes, seeking proof of identity of the seller, obtaining a receipt and all relevant documentation as well as checking the bike is fit for purpose.

For more information please visit http://www.safer-neighbourhoods.co.uk/.

Improve your safety by attending a police-led Bikesafe or Scootersafe course. visit http://www.bikesafe.co.uk/ and http://www.scootersafe.co.uk/  for more info.

Contact Warwickshire Police on 01926 415000 to report the misuse of off-road vehicles in your area

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