Sinn Féin moves legislation on scramblers and quad use in public areas
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD and Dublin North West TD Dessie Ellis have today moved a Bill in the Dáil to regulate the illegal operation of quad bikes and scramblers in public spaces.
The Road Traffic (Quads and Scramblers) Bill 2017 is designed to fill a gap in the law, which currently leaves Gardaí unable to seize and detain scramblers and quad bikes when they are being operated illegally in public spaces.
Deputy Munster said:
“There is a major problem in some communities with people, including teenagers and children, operating scramblers and quads illegally in greens and estates. As these areas are not defined as ‘public spaces’ in road traffic legislation, Gardaí cannot seize and detain these vehicles. If they remove them for reasons of public safety they must return them to the registered owner, which essentially leaves them powerless to deal with this issue.
“Local communities have been raising this matter for a long time. These bikes are dangerous when they are not driven responsibly, and there have been many injuries and even a number of deaths as a result of their inappropriate use.
“We are not proposing to criminalise anyone with this Bill. We merely want to give Gardaí additional powers to remove these vehicles from people who are operating them illegally. We have seen situations where local football pitches are being destroyed the night before matches are due to be played. That is not on and it needs to be addressed.
“We propose that local authorities work in their communities identify safe spaces for quad and scrambler use, such as bike clubs and motor-cross clubs for those in their locality who wish to use these vehicles.
“Those who operate these vehicles lawfully will not be affected by this Bill. We are merely correcting an anomaly that currently exists, and we hope that other parties in the Dáil support it.”