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Removal of police power to sieze vehicles used off road

Comment 18th August 2010

I would like to suggest the re-wording of the Road Traffic Act sec 34. This law makes it a criminal offence to ride motorcycles over the thousands of square miles of moorland in the uk. Added to the trouble this law causes is the power given to Police in the Police Reform Act 2003 sec 59 and 60 where Police are given the power to sieze vehicles based on some very subjective and unproveable criteria. In theory the power sounded like a good idea but in practice we find that law abiding citizens are discriminated against and dare not use the countryside because of fear of siezure. Due to the lack of appeal (once a bike has been crushed it's too late) this does seem like a sledgehammer to crack a nut and has been proved to be abused by officers. Both the law and the siezure powers should be repealed

Why does this matter?

It is important because it is a basic civil liberty. Common Land ie Moorland belongs to us all not just to walkers or birdwatchers. However uplatetable others may find it, my civil right is to ride my motorcycle safely and fully insured, on my own land.

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