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First monkey bike seized under new Vic law

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017 Luke Costin

The first monkey bike to be seized under new Victorian laws to prevent them being used on roads is waiting in a police impoundment unit for its owner.

A rider abandoned the bike on a Melton street on Monday before police seized and impounded the vehicle.

He'd attempted to flee on the bike but took off on foot after the bike stalled, police say.

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said police receive about 5000 calls each year about kids on mini bikes causing trouble.

"For years we've been challenged by young kids zipping around suburbia on monkey or mini bikes and we know this is high risk, dangerous to the community, and it can have fatal consequences," he said on Friday in a statement.

From January 1, police have been able to seize and impound mini-motorbikes that have been used on roads or road-related areas, such as car parks.

The laws were passed after the death of Melbourne nurse Andrea Lehane, who was struck and killed by a monkey bike outside a Carrum Downs shopping centre in September 2015.

A Melbourne teen has been charged with culpable driving causing death.

The offender or owner of the bike seized in Melton may be fined up to $3109 and the bike may be crushed if it's not claimed.

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