Has anyone had recurring problems with very loud, obnoxious scooter/motorbike riders lately?
On Saturday 14 August, a rider started revving his engine, riding around at about 2 PM, and he didn't stop until 3.45 AM SUNDAY MORNING, keeping me and my neighbours awake, and it's far too hot to close the windows. There were also a few out and about over the weekend.
I have a feeling that these engines have been modified to make a lot of noise. Surely there are rules or laws against this?
I've been trying to get some registration numbers but I cannot always be sure it's the same rider(s) as they go too fast.
Not sure what to do about this, except wait for the cold weather to set in. But this has really made me angry as there seems little recourse and it's terribly obnoxious.
There are laws (governing exhausts, and classifying them as road-legal or not, according to amount of noise given off) which apply to this, so you could pursue it with the police.
If they're keen to up conviction rates, then this sort of thing is often an easy win for the police, because it's not unlikely that someone who's "modified" their exahust in this way has also got a similarly cavalier attitude to other mandatory issues (road tax, insurance, derestricting a 50cc scoot without the appropriate license, illegally small number plates, etc).
Jan the old one - yes, sounds like the same people, in Bermondsey.
I'm not really sure what to do about it, if anything. :-/ Has your friend contacted police? I couldn't get very far without registration numbers, and last Friday night I called police, but it was obvious when the marked police cars are around, the perpetrators see them and stop. Really it requires unmarked vehicles I think.
I'm one of your local cllrs, phone or text me on 07946 438 380, I heard a noisy scooter in St James's Rd today, but I wasn't sure if it was just a one-off. Can't promise immediate silence, but I'll see what I can do.
I know the address where one of these people lives - bunch of horrid ASBO youths. They go up and down our road doing 'wheelies' and causing a nuisance. Graham, can the local neighbourhood police do anything about this?