Car insurance: Mini-motorbikes 'a menace'

Wednesday, 02 August 2006

Home Secretary John Reid has announced that police will crack down on mini-motorbikes that have become a menace to the general public.

It is currently illegal to ride the motorbikes on public land, but police across the country have received thousands of complaints from the public who have had enough of the noise and fear they experience from the mini-motorbikes.

The new plans to further prevent the use of mini-motorbikes include allowing police to put penalty points on a young person's driving licence or future driving licence if they do not already have one.

This will inflate any future or present car insurance premiums that a person will have to pay and is expected to discourage mini-motorbike use.

Other measures include having the bike of a persistent offender crushed and fining people on the spot.

Mini-motorbikes have soared in popularity over the last few years with sales increasing from 10,000 in 2002 to 100,000 this year.

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