Mini motorbikes subject to Traffic Law

| 18/12/2008

(CNS): Police are warning parents and guardians to think twice before purchasing mini motorbikes, quad bikes, mini scooters and mini dirt bikes as Christmas presents for children unless they have a safe and legal place to ride them.The bikes are miniature motorcycles and scooters which are usually powered by a small petrol engine and in recent times have become a popular item on youngster’s wish lists.

But before parents or guardians spend any money on them, the Traffic Management Unit wants people to consider not only the legal aspect of these bikes, but also the likelihood of injury to riders.

“These bikes can only be used on private land and never on a public road,” said Inspector Derrick Elliott of the Traffic Management Unit. “If they are used on a public road they are subject to the Traffic Law which requires the rider to have an appropriate driver’s licence, current insurance and relevant documentation from the vehicle licencing department.” Under current legislation the police have the power to seize these bikes if they are being used illegally.

“We don’t want to spoil people’s Christmas fun,” said Inspector Elliott. “But we want to make sure people are aware of the law. If you really do want to buy one these types of bikes make sure that you have access to land where it can be used safely and within the law. We would also encourage all riders to wear helmets at all times. These can be very dangerous bikes.”

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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