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|Title:||Festive Warning About Misuse Of Motorbikes|
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The Council has issued a warning to people over the festive period about the misuse of off road motorbikes.
Every year Christmas time sees a spike in the number of bikes seized by the police and Doncaster Council.
Often it is because motorbikes are given as presents to young people who think they can be ridden on the tracks, byways, parklands, and school fields. But this is illegal and is often a big cause of anti-social behaviour.
With Christmas just around the corner, the Council wants to urge people only to use them at the purpose built tracks where all the health and safety structures and processes are in place.
Councillor Joe Blackham, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Enforcement, said: ‘We are not against people riding motorbikes as long as it is safely and of no nuisance to others.
‘Clearly, riding the bikes along public footpaths and the like is illegal. For this reason, Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Police do have the powers to permanently seize bikes – around 50 are seized each year - and take action if bikes are being ridden illegally. But, we want to try and prevent it getting to this stage and encourage users to ride them on purpose built tracks’.
The local authority can take action, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, if a motorbike is causing a noise nuisance off road and immediately can serve an Abatement Notice. If that person is caught again and the Abatement Notice is served, then it has the power to seize the vehicle. Once seized a decision is then made to prosecute the offender in the Magistrates’ Court for contravention of the notice. The court may also rule that the bike is retained by the Council for six months before disposing of it how it sees fit.
Under the Police Reform Act, where a vehicle is being used and is the cause of alarm, harassment or distress, the police may issue a notice informing the rider that if they do it again the vehicle will be seized. The Police must return the vehicle after 24 hours upon payment of recovery and storage fees.
Generally bikes which are seized permanently are crushed and destroyed and the metal and parts are recycled.
For more on road safety visit: www.doncaster.gov.uk/sections/transportstreetsandparking/roadsaftey/index.aspx
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