Nuisance Use of Off-Road Motorcycles
Over recent months we have visited thousands of households across North Lincolnshire and we understand that the antisocial use of off road motorcycles is causing concern in your community. The policing team have been working really hard to respond to local concerns in respect of this issue and while good progress was made around some of our more urban communities, we recognise that there is still more to do – especially regarding the impact in our rural areas.
We will continue to plan our activity around this issue, included a number of tactics as part of Operation Yellowfin.
We continue to undertake Op Yellowfin 'days of action' which is seeing more and more nuisance motorbikes being stopped and seized. We are absolutely committed to continuing in this approach while this remains a priority issue.
We are appealing for information from our local communities as to the details of who is responsible for riding these bikes and also where they are being stored or housed.
We will use our powers under the Road Traffic Act and the Police Reform Act to target those who ride unlawfully and cause disruption to the community. Legislation under the Road Traffic Act will cover offences such as riding elsewhere than on a road, no driving licence, no insurance, disqualified driving. Legislation under the Police Reform Act triggers powers of seizure of motorcycles used unlawfuly or in an antisocial manner. The initial action requires a verbal warning to be issued to the rider if they have ridden carelessly or elsewhere than on a road. Their details and the details of the vehicle are then loaded onto the Police National Computer. Any further instances involving that rider (even if they are using a different vehicle) and that vehicle trigger police powers of seizure. We do conduct an investigation into the offences of careless driving or driving elsewhere than on a road in any case, where the evidence exists.
UPDATE 05 09 19
OP Yellowfin was deployed across the ward on 05 09 19. This saw a dedicated team of neighbourhood officers and special constables patrolling hotspot locations to provide reassurance and identify any riders.