Police issue summer quad bike warning

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GRAMPIAN Police have issued a warning to quad-bike owners following a spate of incidents involving such vehicles across Aberdeenshire in the past few weeks.

Speaking to the Herald last week, PC Andy Sawers said quad bike and other such vehicle owners should be aware of the safety implications of these vehicles and the penalties for failing to obey the law by using them in public places.

“We have had a number of complaints over the past few weeks regarding quad bikes, mini motos, scramblers and scooters being used in public areas when there is a safety risk towards people with young children, dog walkers and people with prams - particularly during the summer months,” he said.

“Lots of people frequent public areas during the nice weather and we would like to point out that the responsibility of using these vehicles in public areas can lie with the parents so they need to be aware of what their young people are doing and where they are.

“On the safety side of things, these vehicles should only be used on areas of land where permission has been previously sought, i.e. on private land or special off-road tracks.

“No type of motor vehicle is allowed to be driven off-road on farm tracks, parks, railway lines, pavements, waste ground or wherever the public has access to.

“Anyone caught in these circumstances can be charged under road traffic legislation and the vehicle can be confiscated and crushed,” he said.

PC Sawers said members of the public were being encouraged to contact the Police if they are aware of anyone breaking the rules regarding these vehicles.

“You can contact us on 0845 600 5 700 of, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” he added.