New legislation aims to tackle anti-social behaviour faced by Quad and Scrambler Bikes - Ellis
Speaking before he moved the Sinn Féin Bill on Quad and Scrambler bikes in Leinster house, Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis said the Bill was required as there was a hole in the current legislation.
The Dublin North-West TD said;
“Myself and my party colleague Imelda Munster TD introduced this Bill called the Road Traffic (Quads and Scramblers) Bill 2017. In many communities and estates across Ireland, you can see vehicles like quad, dirt bikes, and scramblers repeatedly being used by some as young as 4 and 5 to intimidate and cause problems for the local community.
“Most people are responsible in their use of these vehicles, but, in some cases, they are used in an anti-social way to torment local communities and damage public property.
“The law as it stands prohibits the use of these ATVs on public roads unless fully insured and taxed and the vehicles have to meet other regulatory requirements.
“There is a hole in the legislation which allows people who use these vehicles for anti-social behaviour to sidestep Gardaí in public spaces and avoid any penalties.
“This Bill will deal with the issue where these vehicles are being used illegally in private property such as parks and greens by extending the powers of the Gardaí by increasing the definition of the public space in regards to the road traffic act to parks and greens.
“We do not intend on criminalising the users of these vehicles, but rather aim to support initiatives such as an information programme that explains the rules and regulations of their uses as well as safety tips and the registration needed. It also aims to accommodate funding and support motocross clubs to promote responsible use of quads and scramblers in our cities.”