Police target illegal off-roading at Powys beauty spots

Officers were out in the Elan Valley and around Brecon over the weekend after receiving complaints that vehicles built for off-road use were riding them on land without permission.

Powys’ Rural Crime Team who had been carrying out patrols in the Elan Valley area on Saturday (March 9) said its officers spoke with drivers and riders of four-wheel drive vehicles and road registered enduro-type motorcycles seen in the area. 

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“These vehicle users were using the ‘BOATS’ (By-ways Open to All Traffic) and using GPS mapping equipment/systems to ensure the permitted routes were adhered to,” the Dyfed-Powys Police team shared on social media.

“No unregistered/motocross type motorcycles were seen or witnessed in the area.”


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Meanwhile, in south Powys, the Rural Crime Team were out on Sunday along with the Brecon police officers patrolling forestry around the town following complaints from the local community about anti-social behaviour caused by illegal off-road vehicles.

While quad bikes, three-wheeled bikes, trail bikes and some other two-wheeled vehicles are built for off-road use, it is against the law to ride them in public parks or on publicly owned land without permission from the local authority.

As with unlicensed powered vehicles, these can only be used on private roads or land with the road or landowner’s permission.

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