Police warn parents of dangers of buying off-road bikes at Christmas

Darlington and Stockton Times: Officers with some of the seized off-road motorbikes. Officers with some of the seized off-road motorbikes.

A FESTIVE warning has been issued by police advising parents they could be prosecuted if off-road vehicles are ridden illegally.

It comes as Christmas approaches and many people could be thinking of buying off-road bikes, quad bikes, scooters and other small machines that have petrol engines as well as mini-motos and go-peds as presents.

So far in 2013, officers from the Cleveland Police motorcycle section have seized more than 40 off-road vehicles, with more being seized by district officers.

Inspector Lee Rukin, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Many people can be unaware of the responsibilities and laws around owning off-road vehicles. We would encourage those who are intending to purchase an off-road bike, a quad bike, a mini-moto or go-ped to do their background research first.

“The most common misconceptions are that they can be ridden on a road or on public land and that no insurance is needed. This is not true. You need insurance when in control of a motor vehicle in a public place. Parents could be prosecuted for permitting their child to ride on a road or public place, which could affect their own car or bike insurance.

“The only place where off-road vehicles can be lawfully ridden is private land with the direct permission of the land owner or at an organised and supervised off-road centre. We don’t want to disappoint any children, but if we need to seize an off-road vehicle due to it being ridden illegally then we will.”

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3:25pm Wed 11 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

Inspector Lee Rukin, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, was later alleged to have said -
"We will not have people having fun at Christmas in the Cleveland area, its a load of bar humbug, and anyone that's wants to argue about it can meet my officers on Stockton High Street once its dark"
Inspector Lee Rukin, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, was later alleged to have said - "We will not have people having fun at Christmas in the Cleveland area, its a load of bar humbug, and anyone that's wants to argue about it can meet my officers on Stockton High Street once its dark" NO EINSTEIN

3:43pm Wed 11 Dec 13

thehogman says...

Off road bikes in the hands of dickheads are a blight to our society...ban the bloody things and imprison any fool parent who is stupid enough to give these as presents to their kids!!!!
Off road bikes in the hands of dickheads are a blight to our society...ban the bloody things and imprison any fool parent who is stupid enough to give these as presents to their kids!!!! thehogman

7:46pm Wed 11 Dec 13

stevegg says...

Until there is strict legilation on cheap foreign imports of these machines (some of which cost less than a cheap pedal cycle) and the police have squads of off road bike officers patrolling known hotspots nothing is going to change, and neither of these 2 are going to happen any time this decade. In 95% of incidents - To catch an offride bike you need another offride bike which are few and far between, I am told Durham have 4 in total and only 8 officers in the bike section to cover the whole county. Most police are on foot or in road cars which cannot do anything and these oxygen thieves on the bikes who have no consideration for anyone else know it onlt to well.
Until there is strict legilation on cheap foreign imports of these machines (some of which cost less than a cheap pedal cycle) and the police have squads of off road bike officers patrolling known hotspots nothing is going to change, and neither of these 2 are going to happen any time this decade. In 95% of incidents - To catch an offride bike you need another offride bike which are few and far between, I am told Durham have 4 in total and only 8 officers in the bike section to cover the whole county. Most police are on foot or in road cars which cannot do anything and these oxygen thieves on the bikes who have no consideration for anyone else know it onlt to well. stevegg

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