Motorcycles, Mopeds, Go Peds and Scooters
Illegal use of Motorcycles, Mopeds, Motorised Skateboards and Scooters
Essex Councils are working in partnership with Essex Police to combat the problem of illegal motorcycling, mopeds, motorised skateboards and scooters.
Accidents involving these vehicles can cause serious injuries to riders, other road users and pedestrians. A person who rides dangerously and injures or kills someone else - a passenger, another road user or pedestrian - faces possible imprisonment.
Remember, the law requires crash helmets to be worn whilst riding your bike. They can save your life.
Powers to Seize
Under the Police Reform Act 2002, the police have the power to seize motor vehicles that are being used to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public. This includes the use of motorcycles, 'go-peds', mopeds and quad bikes. Repeat offenders are warned that they may have their motor vehicle taken from them and disposed of and may have to pay the cost of recovery. Parents are warned that they might be responsible for paying fines incurred if a motor vehicle is seized from their child.
Think before you buy your child a motorised vehicle.
Councils have the power under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to take action in respect of a noise nuisance caused by unreasonable use of motor vehicles used off road. Following the service of a legal notice (an Abatement Notice) councils have the power to seize the offender's vehicle and take prosecution proceedings.
Damage - to Land, Parks and Playing Fields, etc.
If you commit the offence of criminal damage you could be sued in the County Court for the cost of the damage. For example, a school playing field may be damaged because of ruts left behind by motorcycles. The rider responsible for the damage could be arrested, and if the owners take legal action, the rider may have to pay for the cost of repairs.
Riding on Land without Permission
If a motorcycle is ridden in parks, on footpaths, fields and the like without the landowner's permission, the rider commits an offence of 'riding on land other than a road'. Noise nuisance offences are also applicable when riding on such land.
There may also be local by-laws in place prohibiting the activity. Riders are advised never to ride on land without the owner's permission.
Last updated: 25th June 2010