Off-road vehicles targeted in Gwent clampdown

POLICE targeted fly-tipping, the illegal use of off-road vehicles and vehicle and scrap metal theft during an operation in Gwent on Sunday.

Gwent Police and local councils covered a large area of countryside from Brynmawr down to Abertillery and Cwmtillery over into Monmouthshire and down to Blaenavon and Pontypool.

Six section 59 warnings were given out, which means that if any of the people warned are found to be riding or driving illegally again in the next 12 months then their vehicle will be seized. Police also issued 42 verbal warnings and gave out educational leaflets, and found 24 new fly-tipping sites which they referred for clean-up operations.

PC Rob Maddocks, who organised the operation, said: “Many members of the public don’t fully understand the law in relation to off-road vehicles.

The operation on Sunday was to educate members of public about the law and give them a chance to change their actions.

Anyone found driving illegally in these areas in the

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6:38pm Wed 27 Jun 12

spanner100 says...

Hmmn. Pity the Law does not stretch as far as Cwmbran and in particular to PENMAES ROAD @ weekends when the road is a "Race Track" for illegal "Off Road" type motorcycles!!.
Hmmn. Pity the Law does not stretch as far as Cwmbran and in particular to PENMAES ROAD @ weekends when the road is a "Race Track" for illegal "Off Road" type motorcycles!!. spanner100

10:02pm Wed 27 Jun 12

chris227 says...

spanner 100 the law does not stretch as far as Newport i have seen numerous three wheel cycles bombing around Newport the driver wearing no helmet but i suppose as they have no number plate Gwent police cannot get any fine money from them so are not interested!!
spanner 100 the law does not stretch as far as Newport i have seen numerous three wheel cycles bombing around Newport the driver wearing no helmet but i suppose as they have no number plate Gwent police cannot get any fine money from them so are not interested!! chris227

12:40am Thu 28 Jun 12

iandfox says...

Trike riders do not need helmets.
There is nowhere for people to go off roading which is a shame as it is great fun,I used to go every weekend,not getting in anyone's way or causing problems.Why is it legal to buy off road bikes then? at least 4x4's are road legal and as the road tax is not used on the roads for the most part I see no reason why they cannot be used off road!!!
Trike riders do not need helmets. There is nowhere for people to go off roading which is a shame as it is great fun,I used to go every weekend,not getting in anyone's way or causing problems.Why is it legal to buy off road bikes then? at least 4x4's are road legal and as the road tax is not used on the roads for the most part I see no reason why they cannot be used off road!!! iandfox

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