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Derbyshire Police crackdown on nuisance bikers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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POLICE chiefs have issued a reminder that they will 'take action' against people causing issues while driving off-road bikes.

Problems have been reported to Derbyshire Police about people causing annoyance and distress to residents across several areas including Linton, Willington and Melbourne over the past few months.

Now the force is issuing a reminder of how people should behave and the action that can be taken if they do not.

A spokesman for the force said: "Police officers and PCSOs can issue a Section 59 warning to riders and drivers for antisocial behaviour, and have the power under Section 165 to seize bikes from anyone caught using them illegally.

"To ride quad bikes, mini motos or other off-road motorcycles riders must be over 16 and have a valid driving licence. They must also be insured and the vehicle must have a valid MoT certificate.

"Bikes can be used on private land without a licence, insurance or MoT if they have permission from the landowner. It is also an offence to push a motorbike on a road or footpath without insurance, MoT or valid driving licence."

PCSO Lee Orme, from Derbyshire Police, said: "We have responded to complaints and concerns from the community in relation to nuisance bikes in this area.

"A Section 59 will be issued to anyone causing alarm, distress or annoyance to the public on or off the road with their vehicle. This can and will lead to the vehicle being seized if the behaviour continues.

"The warning will stay with this particular teenager and their bike for one year.

"If they breach the warning it will result in the bike being seized.

"We will target anyone causing nuisance behaviour which affects the quality of life for people in this neighbourhood."

A Section 59 warning can be given to riders or drivers if they are seen using their vehicle in a careless or inconsiderate manner, or in a way which has been causing – or is likely to cause – alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public.

The warning lasts for 12 months and if the vehicle or driver is found using it in the same way during that time then the vehicle can be seized and potentially crushed.

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