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Stop illegal use of motor and quad bikes ruining West Lothian's countryside

West Lothian residents are being encouraged to report any illegal motor or quad bike use in our open spaces, parks and country parks to the police.

01 February
Damage to land caused by motor and quad bikes at Oakbank

Unauthorised motor and quad bike use can be hugely damaging to our countryside and wildlife sites, impacting on the nature who call these sites home, as well as putting the public at risk of serious injury whilst spoiling their enjoyment.
The current wet ground conditions means that these bikes are ripping up grass and ruining wildlife habitats, as the current issue in the Oakbank area, off the A71 near Livingston, demonstrates.
Police Scotland are aware of the issue and anyone who spots motor or quad bikes being used illegally is encouraged to report them by calling 101 or online at Police Scotland Reporting Form (opens new window).
Executive councillor for the environment and sustainability Tom Conn said: "We are appealing for anyone with information on those using motor or quad bikes illegally in our open spaces, parks, country parks and wildlife sites to report them to Police Scotland. 
"Whilst we appreciate some motor and quad bike riders can be frustrated at the lack of dedicated facilities for this kind of activity in Scotland, this type of behaviour is irresponsible, illegal and could cause long-term environmental damage.
"West Lothian is fortunate to be home to some incredible sites of natural beauty and fascinating wildlife, and it's important that these are protected for the benefit of everyone."