In a Jan. 20 press release, police said they were taking a two-tiered approach to combat illegal motorbikes in the territory, but did not include details about their strategy. (Photo: PROVIDED)

The police have drawn up a two-tiered approach to reduce the disturbances caused by motorbikes and all-terrain vehicles, according to a Monday press release.

In response to complaints from residents, police plan to combat the problem through education and enforcement of the territory’s laws, the release stated, though it did not detail any new enforcement tactics.

“The [police force] is committed to ensuring that all road users are aware of the laws and their individual duties and responsibilities whilst operating on the roads of the territory … The ongoing enforcement of the aspect will see [police] vigorously targeting breaches of these laws and prosecuting all offenders found committing offences,” the release stated.

Police have observed several motorbikes that are in unsafe condition and have had the mufflers removed, both of which are illegal, according to the release.

It added that “a large number” of illegal motorbikes recently have been impounded, and some owners have been taken before the territory’s courts, though police did not provide exact figures.

“The force will continue to robustly enforce the laws of the territory,” the release stated.

Police are exploring the use of technology to regulate illegal bikes and their owners, the release stated, but it did not provide any details about the technology.

Another troubling trend the force has noticed is parents gifting motorbikes to minors, which encourages the minors to engage in illegal behaviour, according to the press release.

“The [force] strongly encourages persons who make use of motorbikes to do so responsibly, abide by all the laws of the territory, and to wear all required safety equipment required by law,” Police Commissioner Michael Matthews stated.