135 off-road vehicles seized over the last year in Gwent
Date of alert:
Saturday, 5 March 2022
Wales - Gwent Police
Officers have worked with Natural Resources Wales, landowners, local farmers and other partner agencies to target the illegal use of off-road vehicles.
Operation Harley – Gwent Police’s response to targeting off-road vehicles that damage land, cause disturbances in communities and put other road users and pedestrians at risk – has been in place across the county since 2020.
Since then, the force's rural crime team, neighbourhood officers, special constables and more have worked with partner agencies during regular operations to address the problem.
Using specialist vehicles and equipment like drones, operations have seen motorbikes, quad bikes and mopeds seized for a variety of offences, including being used without insurance, registration or a licence, or for being driven off-road.
Riders have either received warnings, been reported for driving without insurance or a licence, or made to pay to recover seized vehicles.
Between October 2020 – September 2021, Gwent Police seized 135 vehicles.