Off-road is off limits!

Riding any motorbike, quad bike or mini-moto on public land, parks, pavements, waste ground or footpath in St.Helens is illegal and dangerous, and will not be tolerated.

The inappropriate use of off-road vehicles creates lots of noise and puts children, older people and others at risk, when riding on pavements, grassed areas or play areas.

The law
All bikes including quad bikes, monkey bikes, scooters and small machines with a petrol engine and mini motors and go peds powered by an electric motor are classified as not suitable for use on roads or pavements. This means these bikes come under the laws for motorcycle safety. It does not matter how small the bike is, how slowly it travels or it has been designed for children.

Remember it's your responsibility to ride legally.
Ignoring the law is no defence. Breaking the law can have serious consequences. You run the risk of:

  • Having your bike seized
  • Enforcement action
  • A heavy fine
  • A civil claim for injury to yourself or others

You are not insured to ride your vehicle on public land! If you do you risk your vehicle being seized and crushed by Merseyside Police.

Staying Safe
If you do have an off-road vehicle always:

  • Protect yourself from accidents and injury by wearing full protective clothing at all times and a helmet that fits correctly and is securely fastened.
  • Transport your off-road bike to a legitimate riding area in a van or trailer.
  • Ride in an area where off road vehicles can be lawfully ridden, such as on private land with the permission of the landowner or at an organised, supervised off road centre.
  • Look into organised motorbike groups in your local area.
  • Contact the Auto-cycle Union (the governing body for the sport), for a full list of venues and events near to you:
     www.acu.org.uk
    Tel: 01788 566 400

Report It!
We rely on information from the public to stop this nuisance!

Please report off-road vehicle nuisance to Merseyside Police on 101, or you can report without giving your details to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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Please report off-road vehicle nuisance to Merseyside Police on 101, or you can report without giving your details to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.