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Published on February 29, 2024
Philadelphia Police Intensify Crackdown on Illegal ATVs, Dirt Bikes on City StreetsSource: Zuzu, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Philadelphia police are ramping up efforts to curb the rampant issue of illegal all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes on city streets, in a bid to address quality-of-life concerns for residents. Deputy Police Commissioner James Kelly, in a press conference on Wednesday, announced that the city will see a more visible and aggressive enforcement stance on the matter, according to FOX 29.

Warm weather spells the return of these vehicles to the streets but also ushers in increased police operations to seize them, the Philadelphia Police Department, preparing for another crackdown, is planning to strengthen weekend patrols, and special sweeps increase operations on top of administrative officers stepping out of their usual roles Police organized a patrol and confiscated 15 illegal ATVs and dirt bikes during Tuesday's brief period of warmer weather, PhillyVoice reported.

Furthermore, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which had previously taken part in impounding these vehicles, ceased its participation back in 2018 and plans to auction or monetize the confiscated vehicles are currently not on the city's agenda. Under Mayor Cherelle Parker's administration, the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections has been revamped to establish a division solely dedicated to handling these growing social nuisances.

In just two hours, the specialized police operations team deployed Tuesday night managed to recover a considerable number of these troublesome vehicles, they retrieved 15 ATVs and dirt bikes, hurdling the drivers with code violations and sending a clear message of the imminent heavy enforcement "You will see a lot more of these details moving forward, We've done them in the past, but we're going to really step up our game and do a lot more of them," Deputy Commissioner Jim Kelly vowed in a statement reported by 6abc. While the owners of the confiscated vehicles have the right to appeal, authorities indicated that approximately 80% end up being destroyed as part of the city's crackdown on illegal activities such as unauthorized car meets.