Police warned today mini motorcycle riders in Salvington face confiscation of their bikes if they continue to drive in an anti-social manner.
Kevin Brown, Engagement Officer for Adur and Worthing said: “Now that the lighter nights are here we have historically seen an increase in reported offences relating to the anti social use of Mini Motorcycles, Gopeds and scooters across the district.
“Although we want people to enjoy riding these type of motorbikes we also want them to be respectful of the public walkways and the surrounding fauna and flora as well as the local wildlife.
“I would encourage members of the public to call us immediately if they are concerned about motor bikes being driven in an anti social manner.
“Officers can respond and under the Police Reform Act 2005, they have powers to seize motor vehicles which are causing alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public. The cost to recover these bikes will be over £100, and if the owner is unable to pay, the bikes may be destroyed.”
The local council also has power, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to serve a legal notice and seize offending vehicles and can also consider prosecuting the offender.
To be street legal, the motorbikes must be registered, taxed, insured and have a valid MOT certificate and the rider must have a valid driving licence. The carriageway, pavement and footpaths are all part of the public highway.
You can also report anti social motorcycle riders via the Operation Crackdown website at http://www.operationcrackdown.org