18:02 Friday 13 December 2013

Police in bike sense plea

Written byROB SMYTH

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POLICE are urging people that they are no the lookout for motorbike riders causing a nuisance in South Derbyshire.

This comes after a rise in incidents in areas such as Newhall and Melbourne.

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 land owner.

It is also an offence to push a motorbike on a road or footpath without insurance, MOT or valid driving licence.

PC Chris Fearn, from the Melbourne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The problem with bikes causing a nuisance in the area has been raised by local residents and we need to try and resolve any issues that affect the quality of life for local people.

“Anyone who owns one of these machines must know how and when to ride safely and legally, and use them responsibly.”

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