Leaders call for new rules to tackle off-road bikes

Cllr Chris Read has joined forces with leaders from across South Yorkshire to call for a change in the law to tackle nuisance off-road bikes.

In a letter to the Home Secretary, council leaders and South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis set out how communities like ours face repeated problems with bikes being ridden dangerously, often causing damage and anti-social behaviour.

Whilst we work closely with the police locally to try to reduce these issues, and bikes have been seized as a result, the leaders note that the existing powers only deal with problems after they have occurred. Instead they propose that there should be a national licensing regime to ensure that vehicles are in legitimate hands and used for proper purposes. Properly registered vehicles would be easier to track, whilst unregistered vehicles could be seized and removed from their owners.

The letter can be read in full here.

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