Local TD, Róisín Shortall, today welcomed the move towards a multi-agency approach to the misuse of scramblers and quad bikes by youths and young children. Following pressure from Deputy Shortall during last week’s Dáil Questions, the Minister for Justice announced he had written to key stakeholders to ascertain what can be done to find a solution to this long running problem.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Shortall said;
“Those of us who represent urban constituencies are all too familiar with this widespread problem. It poses a major danger to the riders and the general public, and renders many housing estates unusable for other purposes because of road safety reasons.”
“The only way a solution to this long running issue will be found is if there is a concerted response from government. I am pleased that the new Minister has finally taken on board the calls which I, and many others, have been making over the past few years.”
“The approach until now has been to occasionally put out a press releases, which simply isn’t good enough. We need a concerted and co-ordinated approach because too many lives are being put at risk. I hope this will be the first step in that direction.”
In his response to Deputy Shortall the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan TD said that he intended to adopt a multi-agency approach, and had written to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, the Garda Commissioner and the Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners with a view to finding solutions to deal this issue .