Using motorcycles of any type in an illegal manner is not only anti-social but annoying and can sometimes even be fatal. If you witness this type of behaviour you should contact Kent Police on 01622 690690
In an emergency always dial 999
To discuss non urgent occurrences or for advice, contact the Community Safety Unit on 01322 343000
- Driving Licence: A driving licence is needed to ride a motor cycle of any type over 49cc. A person cannot apply for, or hold a licence until they are at least 17 years old.
- Insurance: A motorcycle of any type must have insurance to be in a public place. It does not matter if it is being ridden or pushed.
- MOT: An MOT is needed for motorcycles of any type over three years old. This applies if the motorcycle is ridden or pushed.
- Tax and Registration: A motorcycle of any type must have a registration number and road tax when on a public road, even if it is being pushed.
- Being Street legal: To be used on a road, motorcycles of any type must have all the usual equipment fitted and working, including lights, brakes and horn. This also applies even if it is being pushed.
Make sure you know where you can ride your bike.
The law is very clear
Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers have powers to deal with persons using motor vehicles( including motorcycles) in an anti social manner whether on or off a road.
A person using a vehicle in an inappropriate manner will be issued with a warning (often referred to as a Section 59 warning). This is recorded on the Police National Computer. If the same person is caught riding any motorcycle in an inappropriate manner again (even if it is not the same one) it can be seized and crushed.
A motor vehicle is; Off Road scramble bikes, go peds, mini motos, and almost any other type of bike other than a bicycle.
A road is; Footpaths and alleyways, as well as the main carriageway all form part of the road.
Public Places; Without the permission of the landowner, motorcycles of any type using them without permission are committing a criminal offence; noise nuisance offences are also being committed.
Private Places; Without the permission of the landowner, a person commits the offence of driving a motor vehicle on land other than a road. Noise nuisance offences may also apply here too.
Damage; Persons over the age of ten years who commit the offence of criminal damage can be arrested. Offenders may be charged and dealt with in the Criminal Court. Owners of damaged land may also sue in the civil courts.
WARNING - using company vehicles to transport motor bikes outside company working hours may invalidate the insurance and make the vehicle liable to seizure.
BE LEGAL RIDE RESPONSIBLY