Ministers to debate bike menace

Ministers will debate illegal off-road biking later this month
Ministers will debate illegal off-road biking later this month

MSPs are to debate the issues surrounding off-road bikers across the country on June 18.

The motion has been put forward by Claire Baker MSP, who is hoping the discussion in the chamber will force the government to consider the issue and take action.

Too many people are causing concern locally with anti-social behaviour

Claire Baker MSP

She told the Mail: “This will give ministers across the chamber the opportunity to discuss the issues surrounding off-road motorbikes.

“Other communities across the country are experiencing the same problems and concerns which people have in Levenmouth.

“It will give us the chance to discuss the fact there are responsible bike owners out there and it can be a genuinely enjoyable pastime.

“But too many people are causing concern locally with anti-social behaviour, whether that’s driving bikes on pavements or across rural land without permission.”

Ministers will also have the chance to debate possible changes to the registration of these types of vehicles. Currently, registration is voluntary through the DVLA, and it would be up to the UK government to discuss a change to the law which would make it mandatory.

Ms Baker said ministers will also debate whether or not police have enough tools at their disposal to punish those responsible.

The news has been welcomed by Shelagh Cooper, whose dog was killed by a man who was driving a motorbike illegally on a piece of wasteground in Methil.

She said: “I am very hopeful this will stop what happened to Millie happening to anyone else.”

A petition which Shelagh started after Millie’s death gathered a massive 17,000 signatures.

“I would like everyone who signed it to know what the power of a petition can do and to thank everyone for taking the time to sign it,” she said.