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
- There is nowhere in St.Helens where they can be
ridden legally, apart from if you get permission from a private
- 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
- Untrained riders risk serious life change injuries, even death,
to themselves & pedestrians
- If caught Merseyside Police will confiscate your vehicle and
- They are also just a nuisance and cause harm to communities as
they are often ridden dangerously, anti-socially and used in
The video below shows just how dangerous these vehicles
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
- 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: http://www.safersthelens.org.uk/pages/stop-em