Police are reporting an increase in unlicensed riders on unregistered dirt bikes, without helmets or protective clothing, in recent weeks across Eastern Bay of Plenty.
They’re urging dirt bike riders to get their motorbike driver’s license to legally ride in public spaces.
Senior Sergeant Megan Te Aho says riders have been frequently found travelling on roads and footpaths at excessive speeds throughout Kawerau, Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne and frequently fail to stop for Police when signalled to do so.
“This is very unsafe and can lead to a fatal crash,” says Senior Sergeant Te Aho.
“Police will be stopping and forbidding these riders from using their motorbikes until they obtain a motorbike driver’s license.”
Riders should also stay away from public areas, Police have warned.
The infringement fine for riding in public spaces such as parks, reserves and footpaths is $150.
“Police will look to enforce this and impound motorbikes if riders continue, which leads to a Driving Whilst Forbidden charge in court,” says Senior Sergeant Te Aho.
“This is not a way that most of these young people envisage the start of their driver license journey.
“Police implore parents to help with this issue and stop their children riding dirt bikes around the streets.
“Unless you have a driver’s license, please only ride your bike on farmland and purpose-built dirt bike tracks such as the Awakaponga Motocross Track at Manawahe.
“Safer roads whanau, for us all,” said Senior Sergeant Te Aho.