ACTION PLAN REFLECTOR: MOTORCYCLES & QUADS
What is Action Plan Reflector?
An initiative to effectively tackle the illegal and 'Anti-social' use of motor vehicles in public places.
In recent years there has been an upsurge in the use of motorcycles, scooters and quad bikes, many unregistered, in parkland, footpaths, beaches and other public recreational areas - particularly in our locality.
There is a perception amongst many people that their use is acceptable. However, most are being used illegally and they are a constant source of public annoyance due to noise produced and the damage caused to public areas.
Frequently the use of these vehicles can be extremely dangerous to their users and to the wider public.
The reasons for this include the following
a). The riders tend to be young and inexperienced.
b). The vehicles are often in a very poor/dangerous condition mechanically, often with no/minimal brakes and poor tyres.
c). The riders are often over –confident, rash, aggressive and arrogant to the dangers.
d). The vehicles are usually used in inappropriate locations, i.e. built up areas and areas used by pedestrians.
Police Scotland is determined to make an impact in this area to enhance community safety. We would therefore encourage members of the public to contribute to the resolution of this community issue in the following manner:
a). Do not use such vehicles in public areas.
b). Actively discourage their use by family and friends.
c). Report any such use to the Police either by telephone 101 or via our Website
The use in public places of these vehicles is dangerous, anti-social and unacceptable.
Don’t let them damage our green spaces.
Help Police Scotland to Keep People Safe.
What We Will Do
In tandem with its' Community Partners, Police Scotland is committed to addressing this type of behaviour and will endeavour to do so by the following means:
1). Educational inputs regarding the safe and legal use of such vehicles to secondary school pupils.
2). Providing access to information on the subject via letter, leaflet and internet.
3). Police Scotland will proactively use all means at their disposal to prosecute offenders in an effort to Keep People Safe.
Legislation to be aware of:
Road Traffic Act 1988
In terms of this legislation, any person using or causing or permits to be used, a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road, commits an offence (endorsable) if the user does not hold valid driving documentation, i.e. Driving Licence, Insurance and Test Certificate, (where appropriate).
We can seize and retain motor vehicles not subject to valid insurance. We can seek destruction of vehicles via the courts.
Construction and Use Regulations 1986
To meet the requirements of this act, all mechanically propelled vehicles must be in a roadworthy condition when being driven on a road.
A ‘road’ is generally held to be any way to which the public have right of passage.
What will it cost you?
a). Uplift and removal of the vehicle - £ 150
b). Storage of vehicle - £ 20 per day
Anti-Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act, 2004
This act enables the police to seize and retain, at a cost to the owner. £105 uplift fee, £12 per day storage. Any vehicle that is used or driven in a manner likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public.
Subsequent failure to pay these charges can result in your vehicle being sold off to recover the costs incurred.