A new pressure group is calling for a crackdown on thoughtless bikers and motorists on Dales roads.
CANS – Councils Against Noise and Speed – has been set up in response to complaints by villagers and country residents about speeding and noise.
The group comprises of representatives from 13 parish and district councils in the areas covered by popular biker ride-out and car rally routes linking the Dales and the so-called Devil’s Bridge triangle, which includes Hawes, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ingleton, Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen.
“We don’t want motorcycles banned and aren’t asking riders or drivers to stay away,” said CANS chairman Hamish Wilson.
“What we are asking is for the minority of motorcyclists and drivers who are tempted to speed on rural roads or use excessively loud exhausts to respect our communities and their way of life.”
CANS is lobbying MPs whose constituencies fall in the affected area and has had supportive responses from Rishi Sunak (Richmond); Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale); David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale) and Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon).
Tim Farron tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, calling on the Government to introduce average speed cameras throughout the national parks, legislate to decrease noise pollution and increase police patrols during the peak motorcycle season’.
The group says it has been in close contact with North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire police to hold action days on routes in the triangle.
North Yorkshire Police has held two days of action called Operation Boundary and Operation Concentrate.
In a four-day campaign, as part of Operation Boundary, more than 80 traffic offence reports were issued with 17 vehicle seizures and 11 arrests.
Mr Wilson added: “CANS welcomes the fact that both Operation Boundary and Operation Concentrate have continued over the summer months.”
Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council has a representative on the group.
Council chair Jill McMullon said: “We have to support them because we all have problems with bikes.
“Hawes’ problems are slightly different – we suffer from the amount of bikes that come into town.
“We get so many bikes into the town that it drives other visitors away. People can’t park and the noise is horrific.”
“But anything that cuts speed and accidents is important — every single weekend during the summer there is an accident.”
The group says it investigating the use of so called “sound cameras” to stamp down on motorbikes with after sales exhausts.
It is taking advice from Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council which waged war on supercar owners, hitting more than 100 of them with £100 fines.
Mr Wilson added: “We don’t mind drivers enjoying the area but not to the detriment of other visitors and residents.”