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Police take action over anti-social moped riders

Moped riders in Wareham are being warned that their mopeds may be seized during enforcement action in the town.

Following a number of complaints from the community, about excess speed and noise, Wareham Town Safer Neighbourhood Team officers have spoken with a number of moped riders to give advice and information about safer riding.

Between 25 and 28 September 2011, three mopeds were seized after they were found to have been de-restricted.

Sergeant Jonathan Wasey, of Wareham Town Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The mopeds seized had been de-restricted to enable them to be driven at speeds well in excess of the 30 miles per hour legal limit for mopeds and causing the vehicle to be noisier than designed.

“I’d like to remind moped riders that de-restricting their vehicle is not only dangerous but illegal. It also breaches a driver’s moped licence.

“We will continue to target moped riders driving in an anti-social manner and, if vehicles have been tampered with to de-restrict them, we will not hesitate to seize the moped.

“I’d also urge anyone with concerns about whether their bike has been de-restricted, to consult an appropriate, qualified MOT garage for advice.

“Riders cannot use the excuse that they unknowingly purchased a de-restricted moped – it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy and legal.

“To clarify, moped riders under the age of 17 are restricted to a 50cc moped which cannot exceed 31 miles per hour.”