Sinn Féin Bill to tackle scrambler bike problem in local estates – Mitchell
Sinn Féin TD Denise Mitchell says a Bill being brought forward by her party in the Dáil will help curb the nuisance of the illegal use of scrambler bikes in parks and public areas.
“It’s an issue that is constantly being raised by residents at Joint Policing Committees with the Gardaí,” Deputy Mitchell said.
“Residents are sick and tired of the noise of scramblers being driven through local greenspaces and parks at all hours of the day and night. We also have situations where local sports teams are showing up to play a match only to find the pitch has been torn-up by people riding scramblers.
“Unfortunately, the Gardaí are limited in how to tackle the problem. That’s why Sinn Féin is bringing forward this Bill. The Road Traffic (Quads and Scramblers Bill) 2017 aims to allow Gardaí the ability to stop individuals using scramblers in public parks or unused space. It will also give them the powers to impound scrambler bikes or quad-bikes that are used illegally on private or public property .”
The Dublin Bay North TD said she was very conscious of a number of tragic incidents involving scrambler bikes in recent years:
“This is about keeping those who use scrambler bikes and the general public safe. We want to ensure our local parks are open for use by families and sports teams. Hopefully it will also see more scrambler owners joining scrambler clubs where these bikes can be used legally and in a safe environment.”