Right to ride; We're regularly stopped ... but our quad bike is legal.Byline: By MIKE BLACKBURN
THREE friends who chipped in to buy a quad bike quad bike or quad
a vehicle like a small motorcycle, with four large wheels, designed for agricultural and sporting uses say they are fed up at being stopped by police - despite doing nothing illegal.
Numan Ali, Jameil Khan and Amar Rashid, all from Stockton, claim they have been stopped up to ten times in the past few weeks since buying the 300cc bike.
But the 23-year-old friends say the machine is road legal, registered with the DVLA DVLA Brit Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
DVLA n abbr (BRIT) (= Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) → organismo encargado de la expedición de permisos de conducir y matriculación de vehículos , fully taxed and insured and they all have the correct driving licences driving licence
an official document authorizing a person to drive a motor vehicle
Noun 1. driving licence - a license authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle needed to ride it.
Jameil is a Stockton neighbourhood enforcement officer who works alongside the police in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.
Due to a recent operation on his back he hasn't been able to ride the pounds 2,000 bike himself.
But he told the Gazette the number of times his friends have been pulled over by police "is getting out of control now".
"Our families have good reputations and it's embarrassing for us - people are asking questions," he said.
"Why should we have to keep getting pulled over when we are not doing anything illegal?"
Numan, a university student studying biomedical sciences Noun 1. biomedical science - the application of the principles of the natural sciences to medicine
bioscience, life science - any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms , said: "We keep getting stopped all the time in our area. It doesn't look good for us - we don't like bringing the bike out now.
"Our friends wanted to buy quad bikes as well but now they don't want to get one."
Numan said the officers who stopped them were not even sure if they were breaking the law.
He added: "We're not speeding or doing anything against the law, and the police who stop us aren't doing us for anything."
Advice on the Police National Legal Database says for a quad bike to be used legally on the road it must be registered with the DVLA, taxed, insured and have an MOT (OpenView Managed Object Toolkit) An OpenView toolkit from HP for developing network management applications based on CMIS. The toolkit contains library routines that handle the transmission and receipt of CMIS requests and responses. .
The website adds: "They must also comply with all the stringent constructions and lighting requirements. There is no legal requirement to wear a helmet but from a safety aspect it is always advisable ad·vis·a·ble
Worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent.
A quad bike to be used on the road must also display registration plates, it adds.
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police This article is about the English police force. For the Ohio police force, please see Cleveland Ohio Police.
Cleveland Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the area of former county of Cleveland in North East England. said: "It is very unusual to see quad bikes on the road as they are not a particularly stable form of road transport and are more suitable to off-road and farming use.
"Among the possible reasons for stopping anyone riding one are perhaps to check the quad bike is road legal, is not stolen and is well maintained.
"It's unfortunate these men feel they are being targeted but police have to do their job."
FULLY LEGAL: Call centre worker Amar drives the quad he bought with friends Pictures by IAN COOPER
Ian Cooper (born in Bradford) is a retired English football player who played professionally for Bradford City between 1965 and 1977, making nearly 450 appearances for the ; FED UP: Numan Ali, Jameil Khan and Amar Rashid with their quad