Nuisance motorcycles are being seized and illegal riders are being tracked down and taken to court under a new North Yorkshire Police operation.
Operation Confiscate has been launched in response to residents’ complaints about antisocial motorcycle riders in York.
Local neighbourhood policing teams have joined forces with roads policing officers to identify illegal and nuisance riders and get them off the road.
Illegally-ridden or unroadworthy motor scooters, mopeds, quads and off-road bikes are being confiscated and riders sent to court.
Officers are targeting areas where there have been a number of complaints about antisocial riding, sometimes by underage riders. These currently include Clifton, Fulford and Heworth.
York North PCSO Harl Pattison, who is working on Operation Confiscate, said: “This operation is aimed at dealing proactively with anyone riding in an antisocial manner.
“We’ll be carrying out various stop checks. This is a warning that if your vehicle or documentation is not in order, now is the time to rectify it, and we are encouraging all riders to ride in a responsible and legal manner.”
Local officers have issued a number of section 59 warnings that work like a yellow and red card. The first is a warning and if you are issued a second, police have the power to seize your vehicle which you’ll need to recover from an impound at a cost.
Police are being supported by partner agencies such as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency who can carry out roadside checks and make sure the vehicles are roadworthy. If not, prohibition notices to remove the vehicle from the road can be issued.
Just some of the results so far include:
• One rider reported to appear at court for taking a vehicle without consent, riding without insurance and issued with a section 59. The bike he was riding was seized.
• One rider reported for driving without insurance, driving in a dangerous manner and driving without a licence.
• One rider’s bike was seized and she was reported for driving without insurance or an MOT.
• One unlicensed rider’s bike was seized. It was not MOT’d or insured.
• A number of riders given section 59 warnings for antisocial riding.
North Yorkshire Police is reminding riders to check the following before taking to the road:
1: You are 16 or over
2: You carry out a compulsory basic training (CBT) After you’ve completed CBT, you can ride a:
• moped if you’re 16 or over
• motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW if you’re 17 or over
3: You must use L plates
4: You must pass your full moped or motorcycle test within two years, or you have to either take CBT again or stop riding
5: Have a valid MOT
6: Have valid insurance
7: Make sure your vehicle is in a road worthy manner and not been modified as this will void your insurance.
8: All helmets worn on UK roads must meet one of the following:
• British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark
• UNECE Regulation 22.05
• a European Economic Area member standard offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1985, and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark
Residents are urged to help police crack down on nuisance riders by reporting offences on 101 or by emailing email@example.com
If possible, please take details of the registration, make or model, colour or a description of the rider or the helmet they are wearing. Information will be passed on to North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group so offenders can be tracked down and dealt with.