Illegal off-road driving campaign

A campaign has been launched to highlight the dangers of illegal off-road driving in local woodlands.

The awareness raising campaign, which sees Grampian Police and The Forestry Commission join forces, also warns 4x4, quad and motorbike drivers that they face criminal record or even having their vehicle seized if they are caught off road driving without the permission of the landowner.

The joint campaign will see posters distributed at key sites throughout the Grampian region, making off road drivers aware of their responsibilities.

Calum Murray, communities, recreation, and tourism manager for The Forestry Commission, said: “The illegal use of motorbikes, quads and 4x4s in the forest poses a real danger to visitors in our forests. You can imagine what might happen when a fast moving bike or quad meets a horse rider and frightens the horse. We don’t want that kind of incident in the forest.”

Anyone who suspects a vehicle is being used in the forests illegally, or who see vehicles with trailers parked up at the entrances to forests, can note the reg numbers and contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700.