Aylesbury Vale Community Partnership issues warning to off-road motorbike and mini-moto users Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership is warning people not to risk injuring themselves and members of the community or falling foul of the law when using off-road motorbikes or mini-motos.
Aylesbury Vale local policing area is receiving regular calls from concerned members of the public about these vehicles being used with no regard for other people.
The public is reminded that it is only legal to ride an off road motorbike on private land with the land owner’s permission. Areas owned by the council, such as parks, play areas and pavements, are not classed as private land.
An off-road motor bike was seized under Section 59 Police Reform Act 2002 on Edinburgh Playing Fields, Aylesbury on Saturday (29/7).
Aylesbury Vale Neighbourhood Policing Inspector, James Davies said: “When off-road motorbikes and mini-motos are used in a public place they often create danger for both the rider of the bike and the people around. We often get reports of people riding bikes at high speed on narrow tracks causing problems for children playing and people walking their dogs or just generally enjoying the area.
“We are regularly patrolling areas that are most affected to stop and deal with those illegally using off road bikes and mini- motos and where appropriate seizing vehicles and prosecuting those involved.
“We urge parents of those young people who own off-road motorbikes or mini-motos to ensure their children are using the machines appropriately and in the right areas. Failure to do so could result in the expensive machines being seized, risk huge fines or even a court appearance – but more importantly your loved one being seriously injured.”
AVDC Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Angela Macpherson, said: “It is not acceptable for riders to put themselves or other people at risk by riding motorbikes or minimotos in our parks and play areas, or on pavements. Our message is clear – if you ignore the law you should be prepared to have your bike seized by the police.”
Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership is urging the public to report any information about off-road motorbikes causing a nuisance or being used unsafely (including who is riding the bike, what type of bike it is and where the bike is being ridden) by calling 101. Alternatively you can call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.