Warning for parents buying motorbikes for Christmas

The joint operation comes as the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority launches its new online reporting system that will link directly to the National Park and Dyfed Powys Police Headquarters.  HQ 160 Wales Brigade has also agreed that soldiers training in the National Park will help monitor and report any illegal activity that takes place.

Chief Inspector Chris Curtis said: “Motorcycles and quad bikes are always a popular choice for Christmas presents, but parents need to think safety first.  Parents play an integral role with this by informing their children where they can ride safely and legally. We understand that many parents and children may not be aware of the legal requirements associated with the use of motorcycles, but we are more than happy to offer appropriate advice.”

John Cook, Acting Chief Executive for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said:  “We rely on people to use their vehicles responsibly and safely in the National Park, but with such vast areas of land to cover and very few wardens, reckless off roaders are a growing burden.  After the Christmas period we usually experience an increase in illegal activity on our protected landscapes and the wet weather makes our countryside even more fragile and susceptible to damage.  Our residents should simply not have to tolerate the noise, nuisance and risk that these bikes pose. The new online reporting system on the BBNPA website will allow wardens and the police to identify where to carry out their enforcement activities most effectively.”

Motorbikes, quad bikes and scramblers can only be ridden by over 16s with a licence, valid MOT, insurance and protective safety equipment.  These vehicles can legally be ridden on public roads and byways open to all traffic.  It is illegal to ride these vehicles on any land without the landowner’s consent – this includes National Park and common land. 

If you would like further advice regarding the legal requirements associated with the use of motorcycles and quad bikes, please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0845 330 2000.