Bromley police cracking down on dangerous use of motorised bikes in borough

Police Constable Gary Darke (centre), of the off road biker team, with Sergeant Stuart Baker and Sergeant Lorna Andersen, from the local safer neighbourhood police teams

Police Constable Gary Darke (centre), of the off road biker team, with Sergeant Stuart Baker and Sergeant Lorna Andersen, from the local safer neighbourhood police teams

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After a number of complaints, police in Bromley are launching a crackdown on unlicensed bikes, mini-motos and off-road bikes being ridden dangerously in the borough.

Local safer neighbourhood teams will be working with Bromley Council, parks security and the News Shopper to tackle the problem.

Borough Commander Chris Hafford said: "Such vehicles cannot legally be ridden on the public highway without proper tax and insurance and it is also against the law to ride them in public parks, open spaces or on footpaths, pavements, cycle routes and bridleways. 

"Illegal motorcycling can be dangerous and lead to accidents.  The sheer power and speed of these bikes and mini-motos is dangerous wherever they are used.  Young children simply do not have the skills, the strength or the reaction speed to be able to handle motorised vehicles.  

"Where we believe the vehicles may be stolen, my officers will be executing search warrants and making arrests for criminal offences.

"Under the Police Reform Act, we can seize motor vehicles that are causing alarm, distress, or annoyance to members of the public."

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He added: "Parents or adults who are involved in the use of these vehicles should be aware that they can be prosecuted for aiding and abetting an offence, for which they can get up to six points on their licence.  

"I'm asking them to stop their children riding them before they kill someone or cause a serious injury."  

The facts:

  • It is illegal to ride motorcycles/mini-motos in parks or on pavements and other public highways and it is illegal to ride motorbikes on private fields without the landowner's permission.  
  • Current legislation to tackle the problem of nuisance caused by mini-moto misuse gives police officers the power to seize and crush such vehicles.
  • Offenders can also be subject to prosecution, with a fine of up to £1,000.
  • A driving licence is needed to ride a motorcycle and it must be taxed. 
  • Learners cannot ride a bike over 125cc until they pass a test, unless they are over 21 and on a direct access course.
  • Insurance is needed for a motorcycle to be in any public place, whether it is being ridden or only pushed. 
  • A test certificate is needed for motorcycles over three years old, if being ridden or even if only being pushed on a road. 
  • To be on a road, a motorcycle needs all the usual equipment to be fitted and working - eg lights, brakes, brake lights, horn, speedometer, good tyres etc. All this is required even if the vehicle is only being pushed.

News Shopper:

If anyone has any information about the people riding these bikes, where the bikes are being stored and when they are being used, please contact your local neighbourhood police team or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 

Information can be passed on to the News Shopper anonymously as well.

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2:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Crayman says...

Hope Bexley council will follow suit. A friend of mine was nearly run over by some kids on bikes riding it along the alley ways leading to the train station in Crayford. Try reporting it to the Police, they want to know nothing about it. They must know where these little gypos live too, if they bothered to drive anywhere near Heath Road where the ex-council houses are they'd catch them no problems. Sooner or later they'll come off and the taxpayer will have to fund an air ambulance to scoop them up. Scumbags.
Hope Bexley council will follow suit. A friend of mine was nearly run over by some kids on bikes riding it along the alley ways leading to the train station in Crayford. Try reporting it to the Police, they want to know nothing about it. They must know where these little gypos live too, if they bothered to drive anywhere near Heath Road where the ex-council houses are they'd catch them no problems. Sooner or later they'll come off and the taxpayer will have to fund an air ambulance to scoop them up. Scumbags. Crayman
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5:24pm Tue 22 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Spotty kids riding mopeds frightening grannies into thinking a swarm of bees is on the way WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
Spotty kids riding mopeds frightening grannies into thinking a swarm of bees is on the way WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. goldenbroomboy
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10:13am Wed 23 Jul 14

the wall says...

Crayman wrote:
Hope Bexley council will follow suit. A friend of mine was nearly run over by some kids on bikes riding it along the alley ways leading to the train station in Crayford. Try reporting it to the Police, they want to know nothing about it. They must know where these little gypos live too, if they bothered to drive anywhere near Heath Road where the ex-council houses are they'd catch them no problems. Sooner or later they'll come off and the taxpayer will have to fund an air ambulance to scoop them up. Scumbags.
taxpayer will have to fund an air ambulance to scoop them up - The air ambulances are operated by commercial companies and funded by charitable organisations.

If the Police don't want to take action then keep reporting it, ask to see someone higher and / or go see your MP.
[quote][p][bold]Crayman[/bold] wrote: Hope Bexley council will follow suit. A friend of mine was nearly run over by some kids on bikes riding it along the alley ways leading to the train station in Crayford. Try reporting it to the Police, they want to know nothing about it. They must know where these little gypos live too, if they bothered to drive anywhere near Heath Road where the ex-council houses are they'd catch them no problems. Sooner or later they'll come off and the taxpayer will have to fund an air ambulance to scoop them up. Scumbags.[/p][/quote]taxpayer will have to fund an air ambulance to scoop them up - The air ambulances are operated by commercial companies and funded by charitable organisations. If the Police don't want to take action then keep reporting it, ask to see someone higher and / or go see your MP. the wall
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