Motorbikes confiscated after Barbury Castle complaints

By Barrie Hudson - 20 November 2020

Crime

Two young bikers have had their off-road motorcycles confiscated following complaints about anti-social behaviour in the Barbury Castle area near Wroughton.

Yesterday afternoon - 19 November - PC Sean Williams and Special PC Mark Kennedy from the Neighbourhood Policing Team were patrolling when they spotted two 16-year-old boys on trials bikes. 

The teenagers, from Swindon, were stopped, had their bikes seized and were reported for not having valid licences or insurance. 

PC Williams said:  "We have received several reports from residents living in the rural Ridgeway area about people riding bikes and causing a major nuisance.  

"We are carrying out additional patrols in these rural areas to clamp down on this individuals."

Users of trials bikes, mini-motos, quad bikes or similar off-road vehicle who ride them on the roads must have:

- A valid MOT certificate if more than three years old
- A full car licence or a category B1 licence if it was issued before January 1997
- A minimum of third-party insurance for a quad bike
- Registration with the DVLA, tax and with front and rear number plates for a quad bike

Only vehicles that meet the required standards and are registered with the DVLA can be used on roads, pavements and car parks. As well as being registered, they must be taxed and insured

There are no exemptions for vehicles designed for off-road use or for young people

The seizures came in the middle of a road policing campaign aiming to reduce the number of serious collisions in the county

Further information can be found at http://roadsafetyweek.org.uk/

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