Posted on 24th June 2014
Nuisance off-road motorcyclists in the Ironville area could have their bikes seized if they are riding illegally or ignore warnings about their behaviour.
The Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is targeting the issue after complaints about people riding off-road on land known locally as The Forge, which runs between Ironville, Codnor Park and Jacksdale.
Police have the power to stop riders and, if they are found to be riding mini-motos or motorbikes illegally or in a manner which causes alarm or distress to others on more than one occasion officers can seize the vehicles.
To ride on the road motorcyclists must be 16 or over and wear a helmet. Each bike must be registered with the DVLA and taxed, insured, have an up-to-date MOT, and the rider should have a valid licence.
The law regarding the riding of motorbikes off-road states that the bikes can only be ridden on private land with the express permission of the landowner. Riders cannot use common land, footpaths or bridleways.
PCSO Meikel Miller of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team said: “We are carrying out regular patrols in areas where residents have identified the concerns.
“We take all reports of nuisance behaviour seriously and officers will always take appropriate action to target those who ride them illegally or without consideration for other members of the community.”
To contact the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, or email email@example.com