Police, teachers, politicians and volunteers came together on Monday for a round table meeting to discuss the issue of illegal off-road vehicles.
The meeting, organised by Claire Baker MSP and Shelagh Cooper, whose dog Millie was knocked down and killed by a man on an off-road bike earlier this year, aimed to highlight the main issues in the local area, what’s being done to tackle them and how best to proceed.
A number of agencies and departments were represented at the meeting including Police Scotland, Fife Council, Kirkland and Buckhaven High Schools, Kingdom Off-road Motorcycle Club (KOFMC), East Wemyss & MacDuff Community Council, Scottish Youth Parliament and Letham Glen Community Centre.
Community Inspector Tom Brown explained that compared to last year, the number of incidents involving illegal off-roaders had decreased, however it still remained a difficult thing to police.
He noted that there were two main groups involved in the illegal use of bikes and quads: youngsters who were usually unemployed and used what are known as ‘scheme bikes’; and older people with disposable incomes who spend more on a bike or quad and use it at weekends.
The meeting also heard from KOFMC volunteers, who spoke of the success of a recent 12 week course involving those who had offended or were at risk of offending.
They said it was clear that progress would be slow on the issue without a dedicated off-road facility in the local area.
Closing the meeting, Ms Baker said she would work to highlight best practice with bikes and quads which might be purchased this Christmas and would again raise the question of registration with the government, because it is not mandatory to register a bike or a quad with the DVLA.