Noisy speeding motorcycles have become the bane of many people’s lives.
Yesterday Hastings Police said that over the weekend they had been ‘made aware’ of excess noise and speeding by motorcycles in the Battle Road and Sedlescombe Road areas of the town.
“This antisocial and illegal behaviour can cause distress for locals, along with the obvious dangers that speeding can cause. Currently, nearly a quarter of all individuals killed and seriously injured in road traffic collisions are riding a motorcycle – a massive over-representation when you consider that motorcycles only account for around five per cent of vehicles on the road,” a police spokesman said.
Now Hastings and Rye’s MP Sally-Ann Hart, has said it’s time to do something about the nuisance and she says she has first hand experience of just how annoying it can be.
“Living in Udimore, I have had first-hand experience of the increase in speeding and noise along our country lanes. I am clearly not alone. Constituents from across Hastings, Rye and surrounding villages have been writing in, complaining about the noticeable increase, since the Covid-19 lockdown began, in noise and speeding especially from motorbikes.”
Mrs Hart says she is ‘calling time’ on this nuisance practice and will be meeting with Sussex Police to work through a plan of action to bring it to an end.
“The streets and winding lanes in East Sussex may seem enticing to use as a racetrack, but this simply cannot go on. These activities show no respect to local residents or the surrounding environment. It has to stop,” she says.
Working with Sussex Police and the local community Mrs hart says she wants to find ways in which the excessive noise levels can be tackled and that speeding motorcyclists are caught and face the full force of the law. She has also written to the Minister responsible to ask that the penalties currently in place for altering exhausts or baffles – to increase noise levels – are reviewed and tightened up, so that they act as more of a deterrent.
“I am encouraged by trials that are taking place across the country, such as acoustic cameras that measure noise levels and might be able to identify vehicles making excessive noise. There is work to be done here to find innovative ways to catch the motorcyclists who are taking part in these disrespectful activities,” Mrs Hart told Hastings In Focus.
Hastings and Rother Police say you can report antisocial motorcycle riding here: http://orlo.uk/q9b81 or if dangerous riding is causing an immediate threat to life or safety, always call 999.