Pocket bike owners face big fines

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE police are warning pocket bike owners that they could face massive fines and even court if they ride the bikes in public areas.

Senior Sergeant Leigh Burt urged parents and bike owners to be more responsible.

'The bikes are unregistered, uninsured and unlicensed,' he said.

'The bikes were not made for the streets, and Gladstone police will be cracking down on anyone riding them in public areas, and hitting them with heavy fines.'

He said the police received at least two complaints about pocket bikes a day.

'This is going to continue until someone is hurt or killed,' he said.

'The majority of the riders are riding in the public area without helmets.'

Snr Sgt Burt said the bikes were able to be used on private properties and on kart tracks.

'Riding them on private property is at their own risk,' he said.

He said he did not want to wait for the statistics about pocket bike deaths in public areas to grow before people got the message.

He said it was up to the people selling and buying them to ensure they understood they could not ride them in any public place or reserve.

'The bikes do not comply to the road safety standards,' he said.

A Dot's Instant Cash spokesman said pocket bike merchandise included warnings about consequences riders could face if they rode the bikes on the road.

He said he ensured each buyer understood the rules attached to buying a pocket bike.

'Each bike has a book stating their rights, and where they are able to use the bike,' he said.



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