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Mon 15 Sep 2008 06:23 AM

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Police call on parents to help curb bike misuse

Police chief voices safety concerns after 45 vehicles seized as part of crackdown.

Police in Dubai are calling on parents to ensure their children are properly trained to ride motorcycles and quad bikes.

The calls comes after police seized 45 vehicles that did not have a plate number and their drivers did not hold the required driving licence.

The confiscations come as a part of Dubai Police campaign on reckless motorcycle riders during Ramadan, said Lt. Col Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, deputy director of Dubai Police’s Traffic Department.

He said that parents should not allow their children to ride motorcycles unless they know how to ride them properly and safely.

"Parents hold the responsibility for the results of buying a motorbike or a bicycle for their child, especially when a child does not know how to use it or does not have knowledge of the road and traffic rules.

"These youngsters ignore all road safety rules, as they drive in the opposite direction of traffic and move from one lane to the other which is uncivilised behaviour and show no respect to other road users," he said.

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