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Safer Vale partnership aiming to crack down on misuse of quad bikes

 

03 May 2017

 

The Safer Vale Partnership is aiming to crack down on the anti-social and illegal use of quad bikes and other similar vehicles in the Vale.

 

ScooterA small machine that has a petrol engine or mini motor, including quad bikes, scooters and GoPeds are classified as not suitable for use on roads or pavements.

 

Yet the Safer Vale Partnership, an organisation made up of representatives including the Vale of Glamorgan Council, South Wales Police, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Wales Probation Trust, Glamorgan Voluntary Services and South Wales Fire Service, has received a number of complaints of such vehicles being misused in this way.


There have also been concerns about young children sitting on the laps of people as they operate bikes. 


This behaviour is against the law regardless of how small the bike is, how slowly it travels or the fact it might have been designed for children.


Section 185 (1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 states that a quad bike can only carry passengers if it is designed to do so and has the right number of seats.


If a quad bike has only one seat it is an offence for the driver to have a passenger on their lap or behind them whilst in control of it.


Though quad bike operators and passengers are not required to wear crash helmets, this is recommended for their safety.


The Safer Vale Partnership is striving to improve the quality of life for people in the County, but needs help in order to do so.
Residents can assist the organisation by: 

 

  • Reporting nuisance or illegal use of vehicles.
  • Recording details of incidents of anti-social behaviour, including the times, days and locations it occurs.
  • Providing information about where motorcycles are stored and the vehicles used to transport them.
  • Supplying further details, such as registration numbers, descriptions of the vehicles involved and those riding them.
  • Identifying the owners and riders of motorcycles, quad bikes and GoPeds that are being used irresponsibly. With sufficient information or evidence the Safer Vale Partnership can:
  • Seize vehicles that are used in an anti-social manner
  • Prosecute offenders under the relevant legislation Any concerns relating on this matter should be reported to the police by calling 101.