Repeal 67 of NERC Bill

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community. Blanket closure of byways is an absurd situation that has reulted from this act .

Why is this idea important?

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community. Blanket closure of byways is an absurd situation that has reulted from this act .

Repeal NERC legislation

NERC legislation is flawed. As a responsible off-road motorcyclist the legislation legislation was already available to prosecute those 'cowboys' who ride illegally and put everyone at risk by riding in the countryside uninsured and on unsuitable unroadworthy machinery. The use of the NERC legislation has closed/downgraded rights of way to the detriment of all – yes even Ramblers! For example we have observed that 'lanes' which are narrow but which previously available as a RUPP or BOAT and were kept clear by legal motorcycle riding, but have been downgraded, are now over grown and cannot be accessed by anyone!

Why is this idea important?

NERC legislation is flawed. As a responsible off-road motorcyclist the legislation legislation was already available to prosecute those 'cowboys' who ride illegally and put everyone at risk by riding in the countryside uninsured and on unsuitable unroadworthy machinery. The use of the NERC legislation has closed/downgraded rights of way to the detriment of all – yes even Ramblers! For example we have observed that 'lanes' which are narrow but which previously available as a RUPP or BOAT and were kept clear by legal motorcycle riding, but have been downgraded, are now over grown and cannot be accessed by anyone!

Trespass and access to land

It is wrong for landowners and farmers to be able to fence off vast swathes of the countryside.  People should be able to walk on any piece of land provided they do not:

1. Go within a certain distance of a residence (e.g. 400 metres).  This would protect gardens and the privacy of people's homes.

2. Cause any damage.  For example, if there are crops planted in a field people should walk around the edge rather than through the middle.

3. Drop litter, cause excessive noise or in any other way affect the quality of the land.

Why is this idea important?

It is wrong for landowners and farmers to be able to fence off vast swathes of the countryside.  People should be able to walk on any piece of land provided they do not:

1. Go within a certain distance of a residence (e.g. 400 metres).  This would protect gardens and the privacy of people's homes.

2. Cause any damage.  For example, if there are crops planted in a field people should walk around the edge rather than through the middle.

3. Drop litter, cause excessive noise or in any other way affect the quality of the land.

Please repeal the 2006 NERC act. This will restore vehicular rights to the network of green lanes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

For several decades vehicular rights applied to a network of green lanes across our country. These vehicular rights were used by farmers and other local users, but were enjoyed-lawfully- by other user groups such as trail riders(riders of legal, registered, taxed and insured motorcycles).

These lanes included byways, RUPPS(roads used a s public paths), ORPA's and UCR's.

Under pressure from an unholy alliance of large landowners and the Ramblers Association(vocals plus money), the Labour Govt capitulated and downgraded some of the aforementioned routes. For instance, it is no longer possible to lawfully traverse a RUPP using a motor vehicle, they became 'restricted byways'. This has left many thousands of  lawful trail riders with very limited access to the countryside. It has NOT stopped the untaxed and illegal hooligans that so vexed the complainants in the Ramblers Association.

Many of these old green lanes are now overgrown, used by no one. Or worse, are found suddenly incorporated into a landowners property. In remote areas there are few walkers anyway, and the pasttime precious to many people is severely restricted. This was vindictive piece of legislation,  promoted and funded by the 'holier than thou' Ramblers Association. It has had little or no impact, save the damage done to local pubs, shops, motorcycle shops and specialists used by the trail riders. For more info see the Trail Riders Fellowship website.

Worse still, most 'ramblers' are urban dwellers, often driving their vehicles into the countryside, where they spend a few hours rambling, no money in local businesses, and then they drive home. Whilst the lawful, predominantly rural dwelling trail riders sit fulminating at home, bike garaged or now sold, being lectured to by the Ramblers Association.

This should be reversed. Vehicular rights should be resored to pre- NERC routes. Illegal use of untaxed vehicles is a matter for the police anywhere, including in the countryside. This vindictive act has made matters worse for lawful trail riders, whilst the illegal users carry on with impunity. 

Why is this idea important?

For several decades vehicular rights applied to a network of green lanes across our country. These vehicular rights were used by farmers and other local users, but were enjoyed-lawfully- by other user groups such as trail riders(riders of legal, registered, taxed and insured motorcycles).

These lanes included byways, RUPPS(roads used a s public paths), ORPA's and UCR's.

Under pressure from an unholy alliance of large landowners and the Ramblers Association(vocals plus money), the Labour Govt capitulated and downgraded some of the aforementioned routes. For instance, it is no longer possible to lawfully traverse a RUPP using a motor vehicle, they became 'restricted byways'. This has left many thousands of  lawful trail riders with very limited access to the countryside. It has NOT stopped the untaxed and illegal hooligans that so vexed the complainants in the Ramblers Association.

Many of these old green lanes are now overgrown, used by no one. Or worse, are found suddenly incorporated into a landowners property. In remote areas there are few walkers anyway, and the pasttime precious to many people is severely restricted. This was vindictive piece of legislation,  promoted and funded by the 'holier than thou' Ramblers Association. It has had little or no impact, save the damage done to local pubs, shops, motorcycle shops and specialists used by the trail riders. For more info see the Trail Riders Fellowship website.

Worse still, most 'ramblers' are urban dwellers, often driving their vehicles into the countryside, where they spend a few hours rambling, no money in local businesses, and then they drive home. Whilst the lawful, predominantly rural dwelling trail riders sit fulminating at home, bike garaged or now sold, being lectured to by the Ramblers Association.

This should be reversed. Vehicular rights should be resored to pre- NERC routes. Illegal use of untaxed vehicles is a matter for the police anywhere, including in the countryside. This vindictive act has made matters worse for lawful trail riders, whilst the illegal users carry on with impunity.