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S5W-01974: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) quad bikes and (b) other similar single-person operated vehicles have been (i) seized and (ii) destroyed by the police (A) across Scotland and (B) in Fife in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 12 September 2016

Police Scotland have legislative authority, provided for by part ten of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, to seize vehicles for a variety of reasons including antisocial behaviour and road traffic offences. A police officer has authority to seize a vehicle if it is being driven in a manner which is causing, or is likely to cause, alarm, distress, or annoyance; in circumstances where the person has been warned to stop using the vehicle in such a manner; and the officer has reasonable grounds to believe their warning has not been complied with.

The data contained in the following tables, for antisocial behaviour and road traffic offences, can only be provided for the period from 2 February 2015 until 25 August 2016. Historically, the eight legacy police forces each had separate contracts with various vehicle recovery agents to process vehicle recovery. On 2 February 2015, these arrangements were centralised and data for Police Scotland was thereafter compiled in one place.

Antisocial Behaviour seizure figures from 2 February 2015 until 25 August 2016

Antisocial Behaviour

Legislation seizures

Quad Bikes

Seized

Quad Bikes

Destroyed

Motorcycles

Seized

Motorcycles

Destroyed

Scotland

4

4

26

14

Fife

0

0

1

1

Road Traffic Offence seizure figures from 2 February 2015 until 25 August 2016

Road Traffic

Legislation seizures

Quad Bikes

Seized

Quad Bikes

Destroyed

Motorcycles

Seized

Motorcycles

Destroyed

Scotland

23

15

352

180

Fife

2

2

16

16

The following table contains information on the number of quad bikes and motorcycles seized in Fife over the past five years due to antisocial behaviour incidents or road traffic offences. However, we cannot provide a breakdown because the vehicle recovery company with whom Fife Constabulary had the recovery contract did not detail the reason for each vehicle uplift. Also, the company did not maintain records of how many seized vehicles were subsequently destroyed.

Vehicle seizures in Fife

Period

Quad Bikes

Seized

Motorcycles

Seized

Total Vehicles

Seized

1 August 2011 - 31 July 2012

3

96

99

1 August 2012 - 31 July 2013

1

67

68

1 August 2013 - 31 July 2014

3

76

79

1 August 2014 - 1 February 2015

5

49

54