December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Quad bike riders have nearly mown down a child and a dog while tearing around on recreation fields in Caister, police have said.
Officers are reminding people that it is illegal to drive quad bikes on a public recreation ground, and that this can lead to the vehicle being seized, under Police Reform Act 2002 Section 59 Notice.
The warning was issued following recent reports of quad bikes driven on the road and then onto the recreation field known as The Copse on Tesera Park in Caister.
Concerns have been raised about the quad bikes being driven on the recreational field as families, young children and dog walkers frequently use the area and police have taken reports of incidents where a child and a dog were almost knocked over.
Police have also advised that if a quad bike is used on the road it should have lights, indicators and suitable braking.
The vehicle should be registered with DVLA and display number plates.
They also require road tax and insurance for use on the road, and would require an MOT when the bike is three years old.
If a quad bike has not been adapted for use on the road police can seize it under S156 of the Road Traffic Act and the driver can be reported for the offence.
An off-road quad bike may be ridden on private land with the land owner’s permission, but would have to be taken to the area on a trailer.
Council notices have been placed in the area advising that vehicles cannot be driven on the recreational ground and that they will also prosecute, and police will let the council know of people found riding on their land so that a prosecution from them may also be pursued.
This also covers mini motorbikes and dirt bikes.
If you would like to report an incident of vehicles being driven on the recreational ground, or have any information about individuals doing this please contact PC Michelle Hargrave at Caister Police Station on 101.