Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

2-Wheel Terrors Warning

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

2-Wheel Terrors Warning

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman

Mini menaces and parents face courts

Mini motorbike menaces are cutting up a storm of protest on estates.

The problem has prompted a police warning to parents.

Community beat managers (CBMs) in Newcastle are urging them to consider the risks before buying motorised scooters and mini motorbikes for their children this Christmas.

Walker-based PC Ian Hedley said: "They often don't realise the legal implications of owning one.

"The vehicles cannot be ridden on public or common land, land owned by the council or where permission of the landowner has not been given.

"There is currently nowhere in the East End where the vehicles can actually be ridden legally."

Police fear there will be an increase in the number of vehicles bought for youngsters.

They are working with the LIFE (Local Initiatives For the East End) project, to spread the message that mini motorbikes are not toys, they are classed as motor vehicles.

A rider has to be over 16 and possess a driving licence. The vehicles also must be taxed and have at least third party insurance.

The penalty for riding a mini motorbike without insurance or a licence can include disqualification from driving all vehicles, penalty points and a fine.

Parents can also be prosecuted as they are permitting the offence. …

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