Police target 'thumpster' motorbikes

SAWTELL police say they will get tough on the riders of unregistered 'thumpster-style' motorbikes.

Sergeant Craig Enchelmaier said the unregistered bikes had become a problem at Toormina, Boambee and Bonville.

“There have been heavy community concerns and complaints,” Sgt Enchelmaier said.

“We will commence to seize unregistered motorcycles detected on public roads, reserves and bushland.

“In addition, the riders will be subject to heavy penalties.”

These include:

  • use unregistered motor vehicle $486;
  • unlicensed rider $405;
  • use uninsured motor vehicle $486.

“Those persons under 18 years may be put through the court system for these offences,” Sgt Enchelmaier said.

“The dangers that these riders place themselves and innocent members of the community in is enormous, not to mention the environmental impact and noise levels.

“We are encouraging all members of the community to assist police, particularly if they are aware of such riders in their area, to contact us and report the names and addresses of these illegal riders.

“To date, several prosecutions of illegal riders have commenced, and this will continue in earnest.”

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