Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran has said the Minister for Transport is choosing to ignore the very serious escalating problem with improper use of scrambler and quad bikes.

The Deputy made his comments after receiving a commitment through parliamentary question that Transport Minister, Shane Ross would be holding a meeting with Minister Frances Fitzgerald to discuss the need for response to the dangerous use of scrambler bikes.

“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 now reaching a crisis point for some residents,” explained Deputy Curran.

“Many young unlicensed and uninsured teenagers are driving quads and scrambler bikes in housing estates and public parks. This is posing a serious risk to the health and safety of the general public, while causing significant damage to public parks and housing estates across Dublin Mid-West.

“I have become acutely aware of the concerns of local residents regarding the anti-social behaviour linked to the use of scramblers and other vehicles in public spaces.

“In early December 2016, Minister Ross confirmed to me through our correspondence that he was in the process of arranging to meet with the Justice Minister on the issue.

“Over two months on and in a recent reply to the same question, the Minister again promises to a meeting with the Minister for Justice,” he added.

“There are strict rules in place regarding how scramblers and quads can be used –young people and their parents should be encouraged to heed the dangers of improper use. We need to see greater enforcement and compliance with these laws.

“It is critical that a co-ordinated approach is established between the Gardaí, the local authority and the wider community to clamp down on the improper use of scramblers and quads,” concluded Deputy Curran.