MP warns bikers to ‘keep to the road speed limit’

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NOISY speeding motorcyclists are ruining the peace of villagers, an MP has warned.

George Hollingbery, whose constituency stretches from Bishop’s Waltham to Rowlands Castle, is spearheading a campaign to stop anti-social biking which he says is plaguing rural villages.

Representatives from 13 parish councils and Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner, Simon Hayes, met in Whiteley to discuss the issue and its impact on residents and businesses – particularly along the A32 and A272.

The meeting was also attended by county councillors from across the Meon Valley and marked the start of a campaign to improve the behaviour of bikers on rural roads.

Of particular concern was the use of noisy track exhausts – designed for the racetrack – and illegal to use on public roads.

Mr Hollingbery, Meon Valley MP, said: ‘Many people who live close to the A32, the A272 and other arterial roads through the constituency are being plagued by these extremely loud motorcycles, especially on summer evenings and at weekends.

‘The use of these exhausts designed for the race track on our roads is simply not acceptable and now the hot weather seems to be with us, it will become a serious issue for those living near these routes.

‘Part of the solution to this problem has to be about enforcement, but it also has to be about education for the minority of bikers who think it’s okay to speed and illegally create far too many decibels.’

He added: ‘In the months ahead I will be working with the police and crime commissioner, the county council and the police to raise awareness of the misery this constant bike noise is causing.’

‘My message to bikers is simple: keep to the speed limit and if you have an illegal exhaust, replace it.’

Parish councils represented at the meeting were Beauworth, Bishop’s Waltham, Bramdean, Corhampton and Meonstoke, Curdridge, Droxford, Exton, Hambledon, Owslebury, Soberton, Swanmore, Warnford and West Meon.

Speeding on country roads has been well-documented in recent years.

Almost a fifth of drivers monitored in a residents’ Speedwatch programme in Horndean, Rowlands Castle and Clanfield were speeding.

Last year, 14,358 vehicles were monitored – with 2,684 speeders.