Reckless riders cop warning
YOU can’t turn public land into a race track, and riding an unlicensed, unregistered bike through a state forest carries the same penalties as if you were riding the same vehicle down the main street of Grafton.
Land managers on the North Coast have had enough and warned motorcyclists that the consequences of illegal riding in our national parks, state forests and on crown land are harsh.
“It’s a problem all over – Glenugie, Bom Bom and Candole state forests,” Forest NSW’s David Wilson said.
He said the launch of a public education campaign by NSW Police, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Forest NSW and the Department of Premier and Cabinet was in response to an increasing number of unregistered motorbikes and unlicensed riders accessing powerline easements, state forests and national parks.
“Unlicensed riders tend to be more reckless,” Mr Wilson said.
“We had an incident this year when an unlicensed, unregistered rider ran into a Forest NSW vehicle.
“He damaged the vehicle, broke his arm and was fined $1500 in court.
“I had a string of mothers call me after that incident and say they thought it was OK for their kids to ride (unlicensed) in state forests and were horrified when I told them it was an offence enforceable by the police.
“The only place for unlicensed and unregistered bikes is on private land.”
Noise complaints, disturbance to environmental habitat and soil erosion have been attributed to ‘inconsiderate’ trail bike riders and authorities are warning that any race tracks or jumps found on public land will be closed and bulldozed.