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Potential driving disqualification for four off-roaders following Blackbrook checks


Four off road motorcyclists could be disqualified from driving after they were found to be riding illegally, without appropriate licences and insurance last weekend.
 
The motorcyclists were all stopped separately during checks at Pindale as part of the latest project day for Operation Blackbrook.
 
A team of police officers and PCSOs from the areas Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, road traffic officers, Peak District National Park Rangers and representatives from local off-road user groups carried out the checks on Sunday, September 19.
 
They focused on the areas surrounding Eyam, Bakewell, Calver, Hope, Castleton, Longstone Edge, Highcliffe, Brushfield, Pindale and Long Causeway at Stanedge and a total of 14 off road 4x4 vehicles and 20 off road motorbikes were stopped.
 
All drivers and riders were reminded of their rights and responsibilities and encouraged to enjoy the Peak District National Park in a safe and considerate manner, using legal routes.
 
Specialist information leaflets provided by the Peak District National Park and Tread Lightly, an organisation which aims to educate and promote responsible recreation, were also given out to those that were stopped.
 
PC Kevin Lowe, Operation Blackbrook co-ordinator, said: "The project was to a two pronged mission, to inform and engage with off road riders and drivers and to respond to residents who have raised concerns the legal use of off road vehicles.

"At Stanedge four off road motorcycles where found to have defects below the required standard of construction and use regulations, however far more serious offences where discovered at Pindale where four separate off road motorcyclists were found without an appropriate driving licence or insurance.
 
 "They were reported for summons and when they appear before magistrates they may be liable to a fine, points on their licence or in certain circumstances, disqualification from driving."
 
Operation Blackbrook was first set up in April 2007 to address the concerns and reduce the impact of irresponsible off-roading for local residents in the long term.
 
Further education and enforcement project days are being planned in the area during future months.
 
PC Lowe added: "It must be clearly understood that the Peak District National Park is here for everyone to enjoy and every driver and rider has a right to use lawful off road tracks.
 
"However, those people who use defective vehicles or do not have adequate insurance face the risk of prosecution."
 
For more information on the rights and responsibilities you can visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles or www.treadlightly-uk.org. Alternatively, you can check out the regulations on legal routes through the mapping system at www.trailwise.org.

The above is quoted from the Derbyshire Police website. The original article can be found here

 
 
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