Friday 14 June 2024
12.6 C

Police tackle illegal off-road bikes at Sherwood Forest

Nottinghamshire Police rural and wildlife officers are proactively patrolling land near Ollerton to tackle nuisance off-road vehicles.

Officers have received reports of off-road bikes and quad bikes driving illegally on tracks along Deerdale Lane off the A614, Sherwood Forest, Sherwood Pines, Vicar Water and adjoining farmland.

The route, which leads to Eakring Road towards Mansfield, is an area of sandy wasteland around the perimeter of Sherwood Pines and Sherwood Forest Centre Parcs.

Officers from the Sherwood Neighbourhood Policing Team are carrying out spot checks to crack down on motorists who choose to ride off-road illegally and pose a danger to other road users and members of the public.

20240521 rural crime1

- Advertisement -

The majority of vehicles are road-legal and compliant, however, a minority of motorists are being targeted through Operation Jericho – the force’s dedicated and ongoing work to tackle off-road vehicle offences across the county.

Officers are issuing warning notices to deter offenders and, where appropriate, will seize off-road vehicles that are being driven across county borders to use illegally.

Screenshot 2024 05 21 at 09.04.18

The details of tracks and areas where off-road bikes can be ridden safely and legally across Nottinghamshire can be found online via the Green Lane Association and there are a number of legitimate motocross tracks within Nottinghamshire and the local region.

Motorists who ride off-road vehicles on a road must have/do the following:

  • Have a valid MOT certificate if the vehicle is more than three years old
  • Register quadbikes with the DVLA and ensure the vehicle is taxed and has front and rear number plates
  • Have a full care licence or category B1 licence if it was issued before January 1997
  • Have a minimum of third-party insurance to drive a quadbike on the road

Nottinghamshire Police Neighbourhood Sergeant Christian Hurley said:

“The behaviour of motorists who drive erratically on public roads and taunt other road users will not be tolerated.

“Teams across Newark and Sherwood are working collaboratively with our off-road bike team and roads policing team to tackle this issue and send a warning that causing alarm and distress to other road users, nearby communities and our land owners is simply not acceptable.

“We will also take action against those who cross the county from adjoining force areas to drive illegally off-road in our fields and tracks, and where appropriate, seize your vehicles.

“I would encourage those who enjoy riding off-road to ensure they do this safely on legally approved routes and sites.”

•  Rushcliffe: Have your say on quality and standards for new developments

•  Police Dog Seven howls at passing colleagues on blues and twos

Follow The Wire on TikTok, Facebook, X, Instagram. Send your story to or via WhatsApp on 0115 772 0418