Clive backs law to tackle mini-motorbike problem

Clive is one of the sponsoring the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill which has been tabled by Graham Stringer MP.

The Bill calls for a registration scheme to be introduced for mini motorcycles, trikes and quads.

Speaking after the Bill passed its second reading, Clive explained: “The nuisance caused by these vehicles – and especially the mini motorbikes – has grown enormously over the last five years. According to the Home Office, complaints about these machines account for 40 per cent. of all complaints made nationally about antisocial behaviour.

Most sadly, these bikes are responsible for one death a month either to pedestrians and other road users or to the riders themselves.”

The current law does not give the police the powers to deal with this problem effectively.

A registration scheme that requires those bikes to have a number on them, so that failure to register and number the bike means its immediate removal and destruction, is a tool that will give the police powers to deal with the problem without delay.

The Bill would mean that the current system of registration for vehicles on the road be extended to off-road vehicles meaning that the machine and its keeper were required to be registered at the time of sale.

The Bill would require the manufacturers to put registration marks on the machines. It would also give police officers the right, if they have due cause, to stop a bike without warning and if it does not comply with registration measures take it away and squash it.

Speaking on the debate in Parliament Clive explained: “People who live near every green space in my constituency, including Eltham Park, Middle Park, Horn Park, Shooters Hill Park, Eaglesfield Park, Plumstead Common, the Course, and Woodlands Farm, face a problem with the bikes week in, week out.”

The problem has grown as the number of mini motorbikes imported into the UK has grown. The number has rocketed from 7,000 in 2001 to 144,000 in 2005.

“A registration scheme that requires those bikes to have a number on them, so that failure to register and number the bike means its immediate removal and destruction, is a tool that will give the police powers to deal with the problem without delay.” Clive told Parliament.

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