Police warn about mini moto misuse

Thames Valley Police is warning people about the dangerous and anti-social use of mini motorcycles.

The warning comes after a teenager on a mini moto ran into a mother and her pram in Langley, Slough on 13 May.

Police community support officer (PCSO) Carol Lewin said:

“Thankfully, on this occasion, the mother and her baby were not seriously injured.

“There have been a number of sightings of youngsters riding mini motos anti-socially in the Langley recently and we want to put a stop to it before someone gets seriously hurt.”

PCSO Lewin added:

“Mini motos and off-road bikes are not toys. If you intend to own and use one, you must also take responsibility for using it sensibly and lawfully.”

Owners of mini motos should consider the following:

  • Do you have a driving licence? An appropriate certificate of insurance? Are you wearing a crash helmet? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no,’ you could be prosecuted if the machine is used on a road.
  • Your mini moto will need to be registered with the DVLA, taxed, subject to an MoT test if over three years old, and have number plate and lights.
  • Riding your motorbike off-road does not excuse you from the need to behave responsibly. They must never be ridden on footpaths and pavements and, if you ride on private land, you must have the landowner’s permission.
  • If you break the law, your bike could be seized by police. You will have to pay recovery and storage charges, and your vehicle could be destroyed.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any dangerous or anti-social motorcycling to police by calling 0845 8 505 505, giving as much information as possible about the machine, the location and the person riding it.

If you prefer not to speak to police or give your name, please call the Crimestoppers charity in confidence on 0800 555 111.