No Toleration for Nuisance Vehicles This Summer

Calling all drivers of motorbikes, mopeds, scooters or mini-motos! If these are ridden in a dangerous way across public land their owners could be in for a shock when they have their means of transport seized and destroyed as part of a summer crackdown on nuisance vehicles.

The summer holidays mean that youngsters are enjoying the public areas across Houghton Regis and the surrounding villages, but a small minority are ruining people’s enjoyment when they break the law by riding motorbikes off-road without crash helmets, insurance or tax.

Police officers are to take full advantage of Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 giving them the ability to stop anti-social motorists to warn them about their behaviour and issue fines. Police can also seize vehicles and destroyed them.

Crushed mini-moto

Anyone caught riding on pavements or roads illegally will also be dealt with for motoring offences such as riding without a licence and having no MoT or insurance.

Patrols across Dunstable, Houghton Regis and the surrounding villages will be stepped up during the summer months.

PCSO Luke Jenkins, warned: “Last summer we had a huge amount of success and I think that the public felt reassured that we were doing everything within our powers to crackdown on anti-social behaviour in and around Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

“This summer we intend to continue with that work and I want to make it quite plain we will be taking firm action against those people who decide to flout the law. Residents across Bedfordshire should not have to worry about vehicles tearing up and down the streets in which they live or in the alleyways or parks surrounding them.

“Riders need to realise that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable - not only is it an offence, but it is also extremely dangerous for others. Local officers have increased patrols in Dunstable and Houghton Regis and we will deal with offenders robustly. These riders need to understand that if they ride there motorbike in a park or somewhere else that they shouldn’t they will receive a warning or have their motorbike seized.

"I encourage members of the public to report any anti-social riders by calling 101 or the Local Policing Team on 01582 473211.”