Posted on 24th July 2013
Police in New Mills are patrolling bridleways, footpaths and cycle trails after reports of mini moto riders heading onto them.
The off-road bikes have been seen being ridden along the Sett Valley Trail by walkers, who have then reported it to police.
Mini motos can only be legally used on private land with the permission of the landowner and not on local authority or public land.
Riders who use them on public roads, footpaths or trails can be issued with Section 59 orders and have the bikes seized and crushed.
New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are now patrolling the area on their bicycles to crack down on the problem and keep the public safe.
They have already issued three mini moto riders with warnings and given them advice on where they can use the vehicles.
PCSO Lee Baker, from the team, said: “The Sett Valley Trail and other routes in our area are enjoyed by many members of the public, especially in the summer, and they do not expect to be confronted by motor vehicles.
“It simply isn’t safe and the dangers that riding a mini moto could pose to walkers, cyclists and horse riders are too high.
“We’ll be keeping our eyes out and taking action against anyone using mini motos on the trails.
“We also need the public to report any abuses of the law on mini motos as soon as they happen so we can keep our roads, paths and bridleways safe for those who want to enjoy them.”
To report a mini moto being ridden on a bridleway, footpath, cycle path or road, call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101.