Dublin TD calls on government to take action against scrambler bike ‘scourge’

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A Dublin TD has called on the Government to take legislative action against the ‘scourge’ of scrambler bikes.

Sinn Fein TD for Dublin Mid West Mark Ward said the bikes make people feel “feel frightened, unsafe and intimidated.”

Sinn Fein have introduced legislation that will extend gardai powers to “seize and detain quad bikes and scramblers used unlawfully in a public place”.

The legislation will be debated in the Dail this evening.

Mr Ward said: “This evening, the Dáil will debate Sinn Fein’s legislation to protect communities from the scourge of scrambler bikes.

“For far too long, the government has failed to regulate the use of these bikes which has resulted in anti-social behaviour in some parks and public spaces within our urban communities.

“Sinn Féin is taking a stand for community safety.”

Mr Ward believes that the use of scramble bikes has become an issue in parts of his constituency, resulting in people feeling frightened.

He said: “I know how much of an issue this has become in some parts of Dublin Mid West.

“Many people feel frightened, unsafe and intimidated by the rogue use of these scrambler bikes in public areas which should be shared spaces for everyone to enjoy safely.

“This is also being experienced in communities across the state.”

“Sinn Fein have consulted at length with communities about this issue and they feel let down by the fact that this government has failed to act.

“They feel their pleas for support are being ignored.

“Sinn Fein’s legislation would take important steps to protect communities and keep them safe.”

The legislation will give gardai more powers to seize the bikes.

“It would extend powers to the gardai to seize and detain quad bikes and scramblers used unlawfully in a public place, including in public parks and green spaces,” Deputy Ward concluded.

“I am calling on TDs in all parties and independents to back Sinn Fein’s legislation and join us in taking a stand for community safety.”

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