Police clamp down on anti social bikers

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Police in Angus have announced a crackdown on the illegal use of motorcycles following complaints about anti-social behaviour.

Road policing officers working locally are particularly concerned about incidents involving mini, midi and off-road motorbikes in the area.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour involving bikes have taken place in many areas including Arbroath’s Victoria Park.

And Police Scotland is warning that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated as they present inherent risks to pedestrians, road users, and anyone nearby.

Tayside Division is also appealing to residents to not to suffer in silence but to report incidents whenever it happens and not to presume the police are already aware.

A police spokesman said: “Ayone with information as to where motorbikes, or mini-motos are being used illegally are being stored, or who is using them, should call Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Please provide as much information as possible so we can act to further reduce the anti-social use of these vehicles.

“Police Scotland makes full use of anti-social and road traffic legislation to seize motorcycles that are being used illegally.

“Many of those seized are subsequently dismantled and crushed.

“Those involved often don’t wear appropriate headgear and protective equipment and often don’t have the documents for the vehicle. It is not uncommon for the motorcycles to be stolen and many are unregistered.”

Powers granted under road traffic and anti-social behaviour legislation allow the police to seize vehicles, including motorcycles and mini-motos where they have been driven without licence or insurance or where they have been used in an anti-social manner.

Under anti social behaviour legislation, a seized vehicle will only be returned once a £105 recovery fee plus £12 a day storage costs are paid.

If this is not complied with, the vehicle can be disposed of after 28 days and will be crushed.

These costs and the powers that activate them are additional to any charges relating to road traffic offences and the penalties that they would incur.

The spokesman added: “In respect of mini and midi motos, children and parents should be in no doubt that it is illegal to ride these machines on the road. It is also illegal to ride them adjacent to the road on pavements, grass verges and central reservations. Motorised scooters are not constructed nor intended to be used on public streets, roads or pathways and do not comply with national safety standards.

“Anyone using them in such a way is liable to prosecution.

“The only circumstances where they can be ridden legally is on private land and only if they have the express permission of the landowner - preferably in writing.

“Legitimate motorcycle owners can help by taking all possible security measures to ensure that their bike is not stolen.

“Stolen bikes are involved in the many of the illegal or anti-social incidents reported to Tayside Police. If owners can ensure that their bikes are as secure as they can be, we can reduce the chances of their being stolen and being used illegally and dangerously.”