Quad bike driver banned for 18 months after police chase

David Godman, a 36-year-old man from Bellmaine Avenue in Corringham has been banned for a period of 18 months. The quad driver, who used a footpath because he wanted to avoid been spotted by the police became trapped between a fence and a wall.

The police spotted him in Southend with a child at the back of his quad bike. As they came nearer, he got guilty and sped off in an attempt to avoid them. They then began chasing him. They chased him along with help from two mopeds and an extra motorbike.

In the Basildon Magistrates’ court, he pleaded guilty for driving dangerously. Along with him, 24-year-old Simon Wallats, who was one of the moped riders, also admitted the same charge. Wallats got charged with driving without a proper driver’s license.

Godman was banned for driving for a period of 18 months and was fined a sum of £460. The court, after hearing from motoring lawyers and the defendant, ordered him to pay £300 and an extra £46 to the victim. Wallats, who came from Leicester Road in Tilbury was banned for a period of 12 months and given a fine of £460. Just like Godman, Wallats had to pay £300 and a victim surcharge of £46.

The detective who investigated the issue, Constable Mark Sawyer commented that they made a mistake by trying to go through the footpath, and in the process, they made that footpath dangerous for pedestrians.

He went further to say that this event also blocked the view of people coming in through the other way. Another danger was the fact that Godman was riding along with a child on his quad bike, which was meant for only a single rider.

To close his speech, he mentioned that the actions of Willats and Godman were both dangerous and foolish, and they got the consequence by earning driving bans and paying hefty fines.

The laws surrounding the use of quad bikes have been scrutinized by many, following reports of regular accidents involving these bikes. Even though four wheels provide a better feel of safety, their low weight and high speed makes their accidents more fatal and leading to more serious injury.

It is illegal to drive quad bikes on public roads, unless in instances where they are driven by someone who is more than 16 years old, to ensure execution of health and safety measures. Children less than 13 years old are prohibited from driving them on private land.

Even though there is no law making it mandatory for quad riders to put on crash helmets, it is however strongly recommended by the Transport Department. This is necessary to ensure maximum safety of the rider.