Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has said that it is time for substantial legislative action to be taken to curb the illegal use of all-terrain vehicles including Scramblers and Quad Bikes in urban areas across the country.

The Deputy was commenting this morning following an incident involving the improper use of a scrambler in Darndale, North Dublin earlier this summer has left a Lithuanian man, Ilabek Avetia with life altering injuries. Gardaí have confirmed that no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Deputy Curran said, “Residents and members of the public across the city and county have expressed serious concerns for their safety in light of the rise of unsupervised use of these all-terrain vehicles.

“The degree of danger that these vehicles pose cannot be underestimated, they can quite literally destroy lives. This is clear from today’s interview with Illabek Avetian’s wife, Anzhela Kotsinian who was with him at the time of the incident.

“I have been raising the dangerous absence of legislative action with both the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Transport repeatedly over the past two years. A considerable amount of time has passed since it was first highlighted as a growing trend and yet no legislative proposals have been put forward.

“Despite existing Local Authority by-laws that prohibit the illegal use of mechanically propelled vehicles in public areas, the Gardaí have little or no authority to enforce these laws. It seems that the Department of Justice are hoping to offload its responsibility to take decisive action by carrying out a review of such by-laws.

“As far as I am concerned the only meaningful solution would be to implement legislative change to clamp down on the improper use of scramblers and quads and the anti-social behaviour linked to it.

“The Department of Justice needs to act now before more lives like Ilabek Avetian’s are adversely changed forever,” concluded Deputy Curran.