Off-road bikes an issue for police and residents in Alkimos and Eglinton

Off-road bikes an issue for police and residents in Alkimos and Eglinton

OFF-ROAD motorbikes are an increasing issue in Alkimos and Eglinton, according to Yanchep Police Sergeant Chris Wride.

“People are riding their off-road bikes on the yet-to-be-developed land at the rear of people’s houses,” Sgt Wride said.

“This is causing distress to the home-owners due to the noise and dust that it creates.

“Some people are also destroying fences and barriers designed to limit access to these areas.”

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Sgt Wride warned riders that the land was often private property and they could face trespass or damage charges if caught.

“The penalty for trespass is up to 12 months imprisonment and a fine of up to $12,000,” he said.

“If you are caught by police riding an unlicensed bike on the road, it can be seized for at least 14 days and you will have to pay the cost of towage and storage to get your bike back.”

Sgt Wride said people could use off-road vehicles on private property if they had the landowner’s permission.

According to the City of Wanneroo website, the nearest off-road vehicle areas are in Pinjar on the corner of Old Yanchep Road and Wattle Avenue, and in Lexia, off Gnangara Road, west of the Beechboro Road junction.

The Shire of Gingin also has off-road vehicle areas in Lancelin and Ledge Point.

As reported in the Times last month, the City stepped up its campaign against illegal four-wheel-driving on beaches by introducing drone surveillance over summer.