Off-road vehicles are damaging tips in one part of Wales and the council isn't happy

-Credit: (Image: WalesOnline/Rob Browne)
-Credit: (Image: WalesOnline/Rob Browne)

Off-road vehicles are damaging tips in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) causing risks to nearby communities. The public are being asked to report off-road vehicles which are damaging safety measures put in place across tips.

The council said it is working with South Wales Police to educate off-road vehicle users about the danger that riding on the tips creates. It said road vehicles cause damage to the drainage systems that are essential for tip safety, and which are maintained by the RCT Tip Safety Team who work endlessly to maintain the safety of tips across RCT.

The council said that damage to the drainage systems and tip surface not only results in uncontrolled drainage patterns, but blocks existing formal drainage causing overtopping, instability and potentially landslides, adding that this poses risks to nearby communities and infrastructure and entails significant maintenance cost to repair. The RCT Tip Safety Team will be installing signs on the most problematic sites to discourage off-roading and to remind people of the threats that damaged tips cause to communities and wildlife.

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The council is asking people to report any possible sightings as every report helps South Wales Police allocate resources to tackle patterns of people using particular tips. People can report a vehicle causing a nuisance by calling 101 or by visiting the South Wales Police website. To get all the latest Rhondda news straight to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter here.

If individuals are identified, a team within RCT can take action against any perpetrators through the anti-social behaviour enforcement legislation. The council said that South Wales Police require as much information as possible to deal with incidents and request that the following information is included if known:

  • Details of the person reporting

  • Date, time, and description of the incident

  • Type of vehicle(s) whether it’s a car, motorbike, quad bike or something else and its make and model colour as well as identifiable features

  • Full or part registration number

  • Vehicle user details (if known)

  • Any video, audio, or photo evidence

  • If this type of incident happened before (with previous incident details if relevant)

  • Information on how the incident is affecting people