Miniature motorcycles seized
by police after they were ridden illegally in Coventry are to be
crushed to prevent the menace returning.
A campaign to stop
“pee-wee” bikes being used dangerously in the Wood End and Bell
Green area has been hailed a success.
The bikes, which are designed
for children, have been driven at high-speed around the area on
pavements, parks and even across people’s gardens.
Police were concerned that
they were being mis-used by adults.
The designer bikes, which cost
around £500, can be modified and driven at speeds of up to 40 mph.
They are outside many traffic
laws because they are covered by rules designed to exempt people from
needing a driving licence to use a lawnmower.
It meant that disqualified
drivers could use them without fear of prosecution.
Police decided to use off-road
bikes to try and catch the people using the bikes dangerously.
Officers were previously
unable to catch the high-speed hooligans because they were able to
escape from patrol cars down alleyways or across trough ground.
Bikes that have been caught
and confiscated by the police are now to go under the crusher at the
Waste to Energy plant in London Road.
Superintendent Andy Nicholson,
operations manager of Stoney Stanton Road, said the promise to tackle
the problem had been delivered.
Coventry North East MP Bob
“We continue to push the
authorities for better legislation on this issue. However in the
meantime I am really pleased with the progress made by the
Ward councillor Brian Patton
(Labour, Henley) said the off-road bikes, purchased by the city
council, had been a big success.
use of these bikes not only pose a safety risk to the people who
rides them, but have become a hazard to innocent bystanders.”