Police Scotland give warning given over the illegal use of motocycles

Pic by Ian Georgeson'07921567360'Pic. by Ian Georgeson'07921 567360'Fight against rogue motorcyclists steps up a gear. Off road bikes will be used to catch them. 'Pic: taken at howdenhall police station in attendance were Cllr Donald anderson and cllr Sheila  Gilmore .L-R Pc Jerry Pullar and PC mike Smith

Pic by Ian Georgeson'07921567360'Pic. by Ian Georgeson'07921 567360'Fight against rogue motorcyclists steps up a gear. Off road bikes will be used to catch them. 'Pic: taken at howdenhall police station in attendance were Cllr Donald anderson and cllr Sheila Gilmore .L-R Pc Jerry Pullar and PC mike Smith

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Road policing officers in Angus will clamp down on the illegal use of motorcycles, following complains about dangerous and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Incidents have been reported across Angus, involving mini, midi and off-road motorbikes and Police Scotland is warning that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated as they present inherent risks to pedestrians, road users, and anyone nearby.

Officers from Tayside Divisions are also appealing to residents to report incidents whenever it happens.

Do not presume the police are already aware.

Just as important, anyone with information as to where motorbikes, or mini-motos being used illegally are being stored, or who is using them, should call Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Powers granted under Road Traffic and Anti-Social Behaviour legislation allow the police to seize vehicles where they have been driven without licence or insurance or where they have been used in an anti-social manner.

Under Anti Social Behaviour Legislation, a seized vehicle will only be returned once a £105 recovery fee plus £12 a day storage costs are paid. If this is not complied with, the vehicle can be disposed of after 28 days and will be crushed.

In respect of mini and midi motos, children and parents should be in no doubt that it is illegal to ride these machines on the road.

Motorised scooters are not constructed nor intended to be used on public streets, roads or pathways and do not comply with national safety standards.

The only circumstances where they can be ridden legally is on private land and only if they have the express permission of the landowner - preferably in writing.

Legitimate motorcycle owners can help by taking all possible security measures to ensure that their bike is not stolen.

It is not uncommon for the motorcycles to be stolen and many are unregistered. Stolen bikes are involved in the many of the illegal or anti-social incidents reported to Tayside Police.