Moves made to tackle quad and scrambler menace

by Mark O'Brien
Pitches across West Dublin have been damaged by scrambler and quad bikes

A special cross-agency meeting was held last week to address the damage being caused by scramblers and quad bikes in Dublin.

A number of clubs in West Dublin have seen their facilities damaged by the improper use of the vehicles.

In January, Kingswood Castle FC had their pitch in Ballymount Park damaged by scramblers and quad bikes, rendering it unplayable for a number of weeks.

There have been similar acts of vandalism in the past year at St Maelruans FC, Killinarden Athletic and Kilnamanagh FC in Tallaght and SVC FC in Clondalkin.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, local TD John Curran (FF) said: “I first brought light to this issue in late 2016 following a number of concerns from local residents.

“At the time the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross assured me that he would call a joint meeting with the Minister for Justice in an attempt to tackle the then escalating problem of scramblers and quads.

“Over a year on and no effort had been made to hold the proposed meeting despite repeated promises from both Ministers.

“I have been consistently raising the need to progress with this important meeting in Dail Eireann and I am relieved that at last, Minister Flanagan has confirmed to me that it is scheduled to go ahead.”

He added that a large number of residents in the Dublin West region have expressed serious concern for their safety due to the abundance of scramblers on their streets and housing estates.

“The damage caused to both public parks and green areas in private housing estates has continued to worsen,” he said.

“Parents of young children walking to and from school have highlighted how some scrambler and quad bike users attempt to frighten and intimidate them by driving dangerously close to footpaths.

“As the number of incidents linked to the improper use of scramblers and quad bikes continue to rise and anti-social behaviour heightens; a co-ordinated approach to clamp down on their use must be adopted by gardai, the Local Authority and the wider community.”

Following the meeting, a spokesperson for Deputy Curran confirmed that he has submitted a Parliamentary Question (PQ) regarding the outcome of the meeting.

It is expected that an answer to the PQ will be given next Tuesday.

Fianna Fail Deputy Leader Dara Calleary also introduced a bill relating to the regulation of quad bikes yesterday in the Dail.

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