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Minister showing lack of urgency to deal with Quad and Scrambler Bike problem


Press Release 13th February 2016

Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West John Curran is calling on Minister Ross to urgently arrange his promised meeting with Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald before another serious accident occurs on our streets with the use of Quad Bikes and Scramblers.

Deputy Curran was speaking after receiving yet another parliamentary reply from Minister Ross promising that he would arrange a meeting with Minister Frances Fitzgerald to discuss this issue and to see if there are any legislative amendments or other actions which could be taken to specifically deal with the issues raised.

“Quad Bikes and Scramblers are causing havoc in local communities across Dublin. In my own area of Dublin Mid-West it is a serious problem that is reaching a crisis point for some residents.

Many very young unlicensed and uninsured persons are driving these quads and scrambler bikes in housing estates and public parks. This action is posing a serious risk to the health and safety of the general public alongside destroying public parks and creating no-go zones in community and public spaces.

I submitted a parliamentary question in early December 2016 about this issue to Minister Ross where he then committed to meet with the Justice Minister on the topic. Two months on and in a recent reply to the same question, the Minister again promises to a meeting with the Minister for Justice.

“I cannot understand the delay Minister Ross is having in meeting with the Justice Minister. I am calling on him to meet with her as a matter of urgency. Another young person could lose their life if this situation continues to carry on,” concluded Deputy Curran.

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