THE Liberal Government’s tough new hoon laws will see unregistered trail bikes seized and confiscated, if they’re ridden on local roads.
South Metro Community Engagement Unit Sergeant Paul Trimble said one of the main issues concerning the community was the amount of off-road motor cycles doing as they please on the roads.
“This puts themselves and other road users’ lives at risk,” he said.
In response to these concerns, new legislation was created to give police the powers to confiscate any unregistered motorcycle that has not only been ridden on the road, but is believed to have been ridden on the road, irrespective of the rider’s age.
“This legislation will assist us in responding to these types of complaints, but we still need the community’s assistance in identifying the addresses where these bikes are coming and going from,” he said.
“We will be able to seize these bikes and hopefully reduce the amount of them riding recklessly in our community. These motorcycles are often stolen from burglaries and used to commit further offences in the area.”
Mandurah chief executive Mark Newman said the riding of off-road trail or quad bikes is illegal in the City of Mandurah and an ongoing issue for the City.
“Besides damaging bushland and foreshore areas within the city, the other major issue is community safety – the safety of other people using those areas who may be hit by a bike and the potential for the bike riders themselves to be hurt,” he said.
“Rangers patrol known hotspots regularly and the City’s new all-terrain vehicle, Ranger Green, provides an added tool to assist with managing off-road areas.
“We seek the assistance of residents to report trail bikes and other vehicles and also to help in the identification of riders where possible to allow enforcement action.”
The City of Kwinana offers $1000 rewards for information that leads to the prosecution of an off-road trail bike rider.
Mr Newman said the City do not offer rewards for information that leads to an arrest of illegal off-road vehicle use.
“We are interested in this approach if it assists in reducing the impacts off road vehicles,” he said.
“Looking long-term, the City has suggested to the Peel Tourism Economic Development Steering Committee the possibility of creating a trail bike/off-road vehicle riding area, which would give people somewhere to ride such vehicles, and would consider such a facility as part of regional approach.”