Thinking about buying a scrambler or other off-road vehicle as a present for your child for Christmas?

Here's just some of the reasons why you shouldn't!

  • There is nowhere in St.Helens where they can be ridden legally, apart from if you get permission from a private landowner.
  • You can't insure off-road vehicles, and you need insurance to ride on the road.
  • Riding on public land, such as parks, pavements and other leisure areas is also illegal - it's reckless and endangers the lives of others.
  • Off-road bikes aren't suitable for the roads because they don't have lights, horns or even registration plates, causing a danger to other road users.
  • The minimum age is 16 years old, for a moped.
  • You need to be trained to ride an off-road vehicle and hold a riding licence.
  • Untrained riders risk serious life change injuries, even death, to themselves & pedestrians
  • If caught Merseyside Police will confiscate your vehicle and destroy it.
  • They are also just a nuisance and cause harm to communities as they are often ridden dangerously, anti-socially and used in criminality.

The video below shows just how dangerous these vehicles are ⬇️

Merseyside Police released horrifying CCTV footage in December 2017, showing a 12-year-old scrambler biker, with a 16-year-old passenger, smashing into teenager Jessica Chisnall from St.Helens, as she walked home from school on a footpath.

The off-road bike had been given to the 16-year-old passenger of the bike as a reward for being good

Download this video here.

What can the Police do?

If a vehicle is being used against the law, irresponsibly or anti-socially, officers can:

  • Seize any vehicle which is ridden illegally or which is repeatedly used in a way that could cause alarm, distress or annoyance
  • Issue a fixed penalty notice for disorder which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
  • Offenders can be prosecuted and fined
  • Riders using vehicles illegally on public roads and footpaths can also be prosecuted under road traffic law, fined, given points on their driving licence and/or be disqualified from driving
  • If you are found guilty of dangerous driving then the maximum penalty the courts can hand is a two year jail term.
  • The maximum punishment rises to a potential five-year stint if you cause serious injury through dangerous driving.
  • And, if you go further and cause death by dangerous driving then the maximum penalty is 14 years

 For information about how to report  off-road vehicle nuisance in your neighbourhood, visit: