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CARS THAT WRECK COUNTRY TRACKS MAY BE CONFISCATED

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Owners of motorcycles and four-wheel drives that chew up the countryside face having their vehicles confiscated und...
Owners of motorcycles and four-wheel drives that chew up the countryside face having their vehicles confiscated under a measure to be introduced into parliament this month, reported The Independent on Sunday (p14).

The proposal is to be put before the house of lords by the father of British

conservation legislation, Labour peer Lord Hardy of Wath. He believes the lords will pass it as an emendment to the Countryside Bill and is challenging the government to adopt the measure formally.

The use of motorcycles, four-wheeled drives and other off-road vehicles on open land, bridleways and green lanes is becoming an increasing nuisance, particulalrly in national parks. They tear up land and unmade roads, shatter the peace of the countryside, and endanger ramblers, livestock and wildlife.

Lord Hardy fears the right to roam provisions in the Bill, now before the lords, could make the problem worse by leading vehicle owners to believe, wrongly, that they could drive freely over open countryside.

He proposes to introduce powers to confiscate their vehicles as a sharp deterrent to them doing so. He has already raised the plan with environment minister Michael Meacher and is due to meet him again to discuss it in more detail.

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