Between April and August 2020, we issued a total of 32 Section 59 Warnings, seized six vehicles, issued nine Community Protection Warnings, issued 13 traffic offence reports for speeding, and made one arrest for theft of a motor vehicle. There was a 45% decrease in nuisance vehicle reports in July 2020 and a 35% decrease in nuisance vehicle reports in August 2020, compared to the reports we received in April 2020 (before enforcement work began). Alongside this, recent reports have contained the key information that is needed for the police to pursue enforcement action which would otherwise have been unachievable.
To build on the success of this work, discussions are ongoing with Dover District Council about long-term solutions such as the utilisation of noise barriers in the form of tree-lines, and the development of an off-road motorbike circuit to provide those with a passion for the sport a safe and legal way to enjoy this, away from residential areas.
This work was featured in articles by Motorcycle News, one of the largest news sources in the world for biking, as well as Kent Online2
. and the Hawkinge Gazette which highlighted our multi- agency response and results to national and international audiences. The coverage of this work has been positively recognised by those who use motorbikes legally and legitimately, as well as by our local communities.