HL Deb 09 February 2004 vol 656 c137WA
Earl Peel

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they intend to take to combat the increasing use of bridleways and footpaths by motor cycles and other motorised vehicles. [HL1032]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty)

On 9 December 2003, the Government published a public consultation paper,Use of mechanically propelled vehicles on Rights of Way. We propose to develop a strategy to promote better use of the extensive powers that already exist to deal with vehicle misuse on rights of way. As a first step, we will issue shortly a government circular promoting good enforcement practice. In addition, we are proposing new legislation to limit the ability to claim motor vehicular rights over footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways.