In December 2005 the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom (DEFRA) published
Regulating the use of
motor vehicles on public rights of way and off road
A guide for Local Authorities,
Police and Community Safety Partnerships
You can download this excellent document in PDF format by clicking HERE
It deals with the powers that the police already have under
existing UK legislation to deal with the problem of illegal motorcycling,
and it illustrates these by means of case studies.
of these case studies describe the equipping
police forces with all-terrain trail-type motorbikes to patrol and
to pursue and arrest offenders.
Study 2 on page 5: "The [Safer Swansea] partnership has linked up with
South Wales Police, who are now using 'all-terrain bikes'. These bikes
will be able to gain access to areas that are currently
inaccessible to patrol cars."
Study 4 on page 6: "Police on trail motorbikes in Humberside are
patrolling rural bridleways to clamp down on nuisance riders and are
catching unqualified and uninsured bikers on country paths. ...
Officers are using trail bikes because motorcyclists can easily escape
across country when approached on foot or in a police car."
Study 6 on page 7: "Killingbeck [West Yorkshire] off Road Motocycle
unit was formed in June 2001 to deal with the high volume of
complaints about youth nuisance and the illegal use of motorcycles on
rights of way and off road.
Study 7 on page 8: "The Police and the Borough's Park Ranger Service
have been mounting joint patrols since August 2003 when Bromley's
Community Safe Partnership handed distinctive yellow off-road bikes to
the police. Since then the police have patrolled the area together with
the park rangers."
one way these case studies are encouraging. They show that a
partnership of community and police that is sufficiently determined and
is prepared to devote sufficient resources can defeat the
problem of rogue motorcycling. The police and the communities deserve
Viewed in another way, however, the case studies are horrifying. First,
they appear to be an admission of defeat that the problem cannot be
overcome in any other way. Second, the method involves adding to the
problem of damage and nuisance, albeit temporarily, in order to stop it.
The method is undoubtedly very effective, but it must be viewed as a
drastic, last-resort measure to be adopted only if all else
CAMARM believes that,
in order to avoid having to resort to such extreme action,
the solutions proposed by CAMARM must be made to
Ask not “Why they don’t do
something about it” – Ask “What you
can do to help to stop it”
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