Fianna Fáil and government refuse to back Sinn Féin bill regulating scramblers and quad bikes on green areas
Sinn Féin TD’s Imelda Munster and Dessie Ellis have expressed their disappointment that a bill they had co-sponsored to amend road traffic legislation to regulate quad bikes and scramblers, has been opposed by both the government and their partners in government Fianna Fáil.
Deputy Ellis said:
“I am angry that after a lot of work over the years on this burning issue that the first real chance we have had as legislators to regulate these vehicles has been shot down by both the government and Fianna Fáil.
“I have to question the support that public representatives from both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have given me on this issue when it is has been raised at a local level.
“These same representatives are now opposing the bill I have brought forward in the Dáil which would end the torment and fear people have in their communities caused by the irresponsible and anti-social activity of those who ride their quads and scramblers in public park and through housing estates, without care or caution.
Deputy Munster also expressed her disappointment in the decision taken by Fianna Fáil and the government:
“By opposing this bill the only winners are those engaging in anti-social activity.
“The losers are the community, the elderly, families with children and all who use their local parks and amenities.
“This is a dangerous situation in some areas. We saw that in Darndale this summer when a man suffered catastrophic head injuries when a scrambler hit him while he was sunbathing in the park.
“Sinn Féin has been trying to change the law to regulate these vehicles for years, and we are blocked at every turn.
“Meanwhile communities continue to suffer and lives are put at risk because of the government’s inaction.
“Fianna Fáil and the government have offered no solutions to this problem and should be condemned for their inaction and callous rejection of a bill which would end the scourge of these quads and scramblers and give public parks and spaces back to the community.”