Crackdown on anti-social motorcyclists in Hampshire villages

Simon Hayes

Simon Hayes

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ANGRY villagers have launched a campaign to tackle anti-social motorcycling on Hampshire roads.

Fed up with excessive speeding putting lives at risk and loud exhausts ruining summer evenings, residents from across the county met Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commission demanding action.

A total of 13 parish councils lobbied Simon Hayes, desperate to bring an end to the plague of anti-social biking that has tormented their villages.

The A32 and the A272 were identified as just two of the hot spots that are regularly used as race tracks by reckless riders.

It comes just weeks after police in Southampton launched one of its largest every crackdowns on gangs of youths who cause misery by racing motorcycles and mopeds through the streets of Bitterne.

Speaking to Mr Hayes, one villager, who asked not to be named, said: “There is just excessive speeding by some motorcyclists. Some use the A32 as a racetrack. We want to see more enforcement by the police. Rural communities feel they are being hung out to dry because there are not many people to complain.”

Meon Valley MP George Hollinbery was there to support villagers and spoke of his growing concerns over the increased use of noisy track exhausts, designed for the race track, which are illegal on public roads.

He said: “Many people are being plagued by these extremely loud motorcycles, especially on summer evenings and at weekends.

“The use of these exhausts, designed for the race track, on our roads is simply not acceptable and now the hot weather seems to be with us, it will become a serious issue for those living near these routes.

“Part of the solution has to be about enforcement, but it also has to be about education for the minority of bikers who think it’s OK to speed and illegally create far too many decibels.”

He added that he will work with Mr Hayes to raise awareness of the misery caused by the constant noise of these bikers.

Mr Hayes vowed to take their concerns to Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit, as well as organising a meeting with the management of Loomies Cafe, at West Meon Hut – a popular spot for bikers.

Mr Hayes added: “Through this engagement I would hope that an education and awareness programme can be developed, and to establish what can be done to minimise the impact these large numbers of bikers have on local residents when visiting the café, whilst respecting their rights to do so.”

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6:21am Thu 29 May 14

issacchunt says...

See, all you nay sayers who thought this guy was pointless.

How unbearable would life be without him?

A272 & A32 could'nt really have anymore silly rescritions on it and the old bill love the weekend speed camera overtime shifts. Fish in a barrel.
See, all you nay sayers who thought this guy was pointless. How unbearable would life be without him? A272 & A32 could'nt really have anymore silly rescritions on it and the old bill love the weekend speed camera overtime shifts. Fish in a barrel. issacchunt
  • Score: 7

6:50am Thu 29 May 14

InsomnyaBorealys says...

Your country is run by people like him, little conservative wanna bes trying to make old boring people pleased and get them to vote for him,. They do anything to stop yong people having fun here, if you treat young people like poo the government can't expect young people to be all nice and good, so it would be better if more young people get loud motorbikes and raced them outside the politicians houses all night. With tuition fees and unemployment the young have no future here, but just a life of misery, in any other country there would be a revolution, but conservatism has become so ingraine you can't see it is killing you.
Your country is run by people like him, little conservative wanna bes trying to make old boring people pleased and get them to vote for him,. They do anything to stop yong people having fun here, if you treat young people like poo the government can't expect young people to be all nice and good, so it would be better if more young people get loud motorbikes and raced them outside the politicians houses all night. With tuition fees and unemployment the young have no future here, but just a life of misery, in any other country there would be a revolution, but conservatism has become so ingraine you can't see it is killing you. InsomnyaBorealys
  • Score: -6

7:29am Thu 29 May 14

issacchunt says...

Cheer up? Race a bike around a politicians house??? You ever tried riding a bike on a long gravel drive?
Cheer up? Race a bike around a politicians house??? You ever tried riding a bike on a long gravel drive? issacchunt
  • Score: 7

7:32am Thu 29 May 14

bigfella777 says...

Fit speed limiters to motor bikes as standard. Have real time black boxes fitted to riders who get points for bad riding so fixed penalties can be sent directly through the post.
Fit speed limiters to motor bikes as standard. Have real time black boxes fitted to riders who get points for bad riding so fixed penalties can be sent directly through the post. bigfella777
  • Score: 1

8:21am Thu 29 May 14

issacchunt says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Fit speed limiters to motor bikes as standard. Have real time black boxes fitted to riders who get points for bad riding so fixed penalties can be sent directly through the post.
Do you feel better for that, If the government wanted to we'd have them on all vehicles or a country covered in average speed camera's.

A simplistic but pointless post as revenue generated from speeding fines is much needed.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Fit speed limiters to motor bikes as standard. Have real time black boxes fitted to riders who get points for bad riding so fixed penalties can be sent directly through the post.[/p][/quote]Do you feel better for that, If the government wanted to we'd have them on all vehicles or a country covered in average speed camera's. A simplistic but pointless post as revenue generated from speeding fines is much needed. issacchunt
  • Score: -1

10:50am Thu 29 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

ANTI SOCIAL politicians , curb their behaviour , which runs riot. The country is full of LOUD but gut less engines . These are OUR M.P. s
ANTI SOCIAL politicians , curb their behaviour , which runs riot. The country is full of LOUD but gut less engines . These are OUR M.P. s SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Thu 29 May 14

Turtlebay says...

"minority of bikers who think it’s OK to speed "?

That should read majority, as most of us regularly observe.
"minority of bikers who think it’s OK to speed "? That should read majority, as most of us regularly observe. Turtlebay
  • Score: 5

12:48pm Thu 29 May 14

Ryan951990 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Fit speed limiters to motor bikes as standard. Have real time black boxes fitted to riders who get points for bad riding so fixed penalties can be sent directly through the post.
What about the millions of bokes already on the road with speed limiters? depending on your age and when you passed, the power has to be restricted anyway, but again, if this is on a carbed bike, its typically done via a couple of washers easily drilled out, not a plausable idea really.

Would you suggest that all drivers who have committed one offence also have real time black boxes, so that everytime you wer to speed a little, a heavy thud lands on your door mat with a £60 fine, again not plausable. Yes lets give them more revenue..... as if they need it?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Fit speed limiters to motor bikes as standard. Have real time black boxes fitted to riders who get points for bad riding so fixed penalties can be sent directly through the post.[/p][/quote]What about the millions of bokes already on the road with speed limiters? depending on your age and when you passed, the power has to be restricted anyway, but again, if this is on a carbed bike, its typically done via a couple of washers easily drilled out, not a plausable idea really. Would you suggest that all drivers who have committed one offence also have real time black boxes, so that everytime you wer to speed a little, a heavy thud lands on your door mat with a £60 fine, again not plausable. Yes lets give them more revenue..... as if they need it? Ryan951990
  • Score: 0

2:04pm Thu 29 May 14

acid drop says...

The NIMBYS are out in force again.
The NIMBYS are out in force again. acid drop
  • Score: -2

3:06pm Thu 29 May 14

lisa whitemore says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Fit speed limiters to motor bikes as standard. Have real time black boxes fitted to riders who get points for bad riding so fixed penalties can be sent directly through the post.
Alot of Anti Social bikers are on nicked bikes, well they are on my estate. So loud riding through parks,play areas etc. What can Police Do?? Nothing in case the rider gets hurt!! Crazy!!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Fit speed limiters to motor bikes as standard. Have real time black boxes fitted to riders who get points for bad riding so fixed penalties can be sent directly through the post.[/p][/quote]Alot of Anti Social bikers are on nicked bikes, well they are on my estate. So loud riding through parks,play areas etc. What can Police Do?? Nothing in case the rider gets hurt!! Crazy!! lisa whitemore
  • Score: 3

9:58pm Thu 29 May 14

Niel says...

issacchunt wrote:
See, all you nay sayers who thought this guy was pointless.

How unbearable would life be without him?

A272 & A32 could'nt really have anymore silly rescritions on it and the old bill love the weekend speed camera overtime shifts. Fish in a barrel.
Not just at the weekend, every day of the week.

As a motorcyclist I find 'track' exhausts too loud, yes the old saying is true "loud pipes save lives" when your filtering through slow/stationary traffic and the car drivers are on their phones telling someone about being delayed, or twattering to the world the same thing, but race/track pipes are too much. For the record my ex-police bike has a totally standard BMW exhaust and isn't loud and my newer Honda is whisper quiet, as it left the factory.
I've also noticed a lot of 'tuned' cars have very loud exhausts, and a lot of Japanese sports cars sound just like a bike, I wonder if some of the noise is just heard and assumed to be bikes when it's actually a car?

As a regular user of the A32 and A272 I've been passed at warp factor speeds by cars and bikes, more often by cars. The London boys have a route that uses both and blitz through the villages at 6 am to 8 am in their tuned cars, before the Police and their mobile cash machines are out and about. Being confronted by a Mitsubishi Evo, Porsche 911, Caterham Super 7 and similar racing each other on both sides of the road through Corhampton (30 limit) early on a Sunday morning wasn't funny...
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: See, all you nay sayers who thought this guy was pointless. How unbearable would life be without him? A272 & A32 could'nt really have anymore silly rescritions on it and the old bill love the weekend speed camera overtime shifts. Fish in a barrel.[/p][/quote]Not just at the weekend, every day of the week. As a motorcyclist I find 'track' exhausts too loud, yes the old saying is true "loud pipes save lives" when your filtering through slow/stationary traffic and the car drivers are on their phones telling someone about being delayed, or twattering to the world the same thing, but race/track pipes are too much. For the record my ex-police bike has a totally standard BMW exhaust and isn't loud and my newer Honda is whisper quiet, as it left the factory. I've also noticed a lot of 'tuned' cars have very loud exhausts, and a lot of Japanese sports cars sound just like a bike, I wonder if some of the noise is just heard and assumed to be bikes when it's actually a car? As a regular user of the A32 and A272 I've been passed at warp factor speeds by cars and bikes, more often by cars. The London boys have a route that uses both and blitz through the villages at 6 am to 8 am in their tuned cars, before the Police and their mobile cash machines are out and about. Being confronted by a Mitsubishi Evo, Porsche 911, Caterham Super 7 and similar racing each other on both sides of the road through Corhampton (30 limit) early on a Sunday morning wasn't funny... Niel
  • Score: 3

1:13pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Chester_Rockwell says...

Motorbikes riding fast in national speed limits doesn't bother me as much as listening to the noise of them, it’s not a case of ‘Not in my back yard’ more like ‘Not in my front room’.

Bikers - Speed in the national speed limit areas all you like, you will probably only injure yourself, but don't advertise the fact that you're doing 100 + to everyone in a 3 mile radius.
Those people **** off with the noise will complain and set-up up action groups to get the speed limit reduced. I see far more cars and vans speeding through the 30 zones than bikes but they get away with it because they are relatively quiet about it.
For the record
I am a regular user of the A32 and A272 and have a bike and I live in the area. Harleys and race pipes don’t impress me, and I doubt very much that a car pulling out of a junction and not looking will be paying much attention to what’s going on in his or her ears either. Go quietly, don’t speed in the 30 zones and no one will care. Keep the noise up and ALL riders will be justifiably harassed by the locals.
Motorbikes riding fast in national speed limits doesn't bother me as much as listening to the noise of them, it’s not a case of ‘Not in my back yard’ more like ‘Not in my front room’. Bikers - Speed in the national speed limit areas all you like, you will probably only injure yourself, but don't advertise the fact that you're doing 100 + to everyone in a 3 mile radius. Those people **** off with the noise will complain and set-up up action groups to get the speed limit reduced. I see far more cars and vans speeding through the 30 zones than bikes but they get away with it because they are relatively quiet about it. For the record I am a regular user of the A32 and A272 and have a bike and I live in the area. Harleys and race pipes don’t impress me, and I doubt very much that a car pulling out of a junction and not looking will be paying much attention to what’s going on in his or her ears either. Go quietly, don’t speed in the 30 zones and no one will care. Keep the noise up and ALL riders will be justifiably harassed by the locals. Chester_Rockwell
  • Score: 1

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