Police vow to clamp down on off-road bikes along new route

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Police have reminded the public they will take action to curb the nuisance and dangers associated with the use of the off-road vehicles.

A PSNI spokeswoman was speaking after being made aware of concerns about youths riding scramblers and quad bikes on the Newtownabbey Way.

She said: “As quads and some scramblers do not comply with Construction and Use regulations and Vehicle Safety Standards they are restricted to “off-road” use only.

“This means that these vehicles should only be used on private land where you have permission of the landowner.

“They should not be used on roads, public walkways, footpaths or public land.”

She added: “If your vehicle is designed for use on a road, it must have lights and number plates and the driver/rider should hold a suitable driving licence and insurance.

“Police would remind parents that if they allow their child to ride an unsuitable and uninsured quad or scrambler on a public road or in a public space, this represents a breach of the Road Traffic Order and can carry a maximum penalty on conviction of a £1,000 fine.

“Officers also have the power to seize these vehicles. It is important young people recognise that this is a real possibility and has happened before. Police will enforce the necessary legislation in an effort to ensure public safety.”

Anyone who is aware of the identity of those using scramblers or quads on the path has been urged to contact police on 0845 600 8000.