Young scrambler drivers doing wheelies in the middle of the day

By Aimee Walsh

TWO people doing wheelies on scrambler bikes were captured by a concerned resident in the middle of the day in a local housing estate.

The pictures of the dangerous use of scramblers were taken at 1.30pm on Monday February 22, on Seskin View Road in Tallaght.

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Two scrambler drivers doing wheelies on Seskin View Road at 1.30pm on Monday February 22

The issue of scrambler bikes has been reported on extensively in The Echo, with recent incidences reported at Glenview estate in Tallaght, destruction of a pitch in Tymon Park used by Tallaght Rugby Club and a green space destroyed in Tymon North.

New legislative measures were approved by the cabinet on February 16 to try tackle the anti-social use of scrambler bikes and quad bikes in public places such as parks.

The legislation will introduce specific measures giving An Garda Síochána powers to detain a vehicle that is being used in a location without permission from the landowner.

Use of scramblers and quad bikes will be prohibited on public or private land, except where there is permission from the landowner. The new legislation will cover places such as parks, green areas and beaches.

Gardai will also be enabled to enter private premises to remove a vehicle that has been suspected of having been used to break these laws.

Speaking about the new legislation, Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton emphasised the current regulations and said that she would urge family members of friends that are considering buying someone a scrambler to reconsider their choice.

“It is already an offence to supply an MPV to a minor, whether by sale, lending, gifting, or renting. The offence carries a penalty of a fine of up to €5,000 and/or up to 6 months in prison.

“These new measures, together with other avenues being developed by the Interdepartmental Group set up to examine the misuse of quads and scramblers and similar vehicles, and chaired by the Department of Justice, aim to educate young people and their parents away from considering scramblers and quads to be harmless toys, and to make them aware of the serious legal and safety consequences of allowing their children to use such vehicles.”

Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan said he is “determined” to stop the misuse of scramblers by introducing these changes to the Road Traffic Bill.

“As pledged in the Programme for Government 2020, I will be introducing Committee-stage amendments to the forthcoming Road Traffic Bill to increase Garda powers to deal with this effectively, and hopefully reduce the risks of death and serious injury.”

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