Help stamp out illegal use of unregistered trail bikes

27/06/2017
 
Help stamp it out! If you can identify, or know the address of people riding trail bikes in prohibited areas, please click here.

With school holidays approaching, the authorities are keen to stamp out illegal use of unregistered trail bikes.

Use of unregistered trail bikes is not permitted anywhere other than private property, with the consent of the property owner.

In NSW it is illegal to ride an unregistered motorcycle on sealed/unsealed roads, footpaths, reserves and sports fields.

Riders may only ride on private land with the owner’s permission, or at a designated track.

Unregistered trail bikes include the following style of vehicles.
  • Unregistered trail bike
  • Mini-bike
  • Petrol powered bike
  • Motorised scooter
  • Segway
  • Motorised skateboard
In order for any of these types of bikes to be ridden on a road or road related area they must be registered with the Transport for NSW and the rider hold the appropriate class of licence.

The following offences may relate to the unauthorised use of these types of vehicles.
  • Use an unregistered vehicle - $650
  • Use an uninsured vehicle - $650
  • Unlicensed rider - $541
  • Ride with no helmet - $325
  • Police can seize unregistered vehicles
These are just some of the offences that can be committed through the use of these types of vehicles, with penalties ranging from hefty fines to court appearances which may attract either a traffic record or criminal history.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said there had been a recent increase in the use of unregistered trail bikes within Shellharbour City.

“Riding unregistered motorcycles or being an unlicensed rider proposes an extreme safety risk to the community, the rider and their passengers.”

“You can help stamp it out. If you can identify, or know the address of people riding trail bikes in prohibited areas, please click here and fill out the form, or contact police.

“Information is treated as confidential and you can remain anonymous,” she said.

A list of vehicle exemptions can be found on the RMS website.

Wollongong Cart Racing Club at Kembla Grange is open to the public, providing vehicles meet club standards.

For media information contact Council’s Media Officer on 4221 6038 or 0448 361 008.