South Dublin County Council has said that they may consider setting up a county-wide task force to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour on scramblers and quad bikes.
The issue was raised by Cllr Francis Timmons at the recent meeting of the Clondalkin Area Committee of SDCC.
In his motion, Cllr Timmons said: “The behaviour is causing ongoing distress to many residents, it is both anti-social and a dangerous behaviour.”
In response to Cllr Timmons’ motion, the council issued a report saying that it was acutely aware of long standing problems related to scramblers and quad bikes.
The report added that measures had been taken in an attempt to combat that problem.
These measures included the erection of 1.2 metre high fencing along the side of green space areas, installation of bollards and an awareness campaign launched ahead of Christmas 2016 asking parents to make sure that they were aware of the legal requirements related to the use and operation of such vehicles.
The council’s parks and open spaces byelaws state that any mechanically propelled vehicle – including scramblers and quad bikes – are not allowed on parks and open spaces.
Under the byelaws these vehicles can be removed by An Garda Siochana.
The council report acknowledged that there may be difficulty in prosecuting offenders and suggested that a task force may be set up to tackle the problem.
I don’t want to talk about the prospect of a taskforce because I think we can all agree that something needs to be done.
However, if the community are not behind it and parents continue to buy scramblers for their children – then what is the point of it?
There will be parents who will buy a scrambler for their little youngster knowing full well that they are going to head off to the local park or up the main road racing their mates.
Today I want to know if a specific taskforce was set up, would report someone for buying their child a scrambler?
There are people who will say, the kids are just having fun and we have to stop banning everything.
On the other hand you have residents in certain areas that are being terrorised by little guttersnipes racing up and down their road on scramblers or quad bikes.
Is it irresponsible parenting to buy kids a scrambler?
Would you report a parent for doing so?
Or do you think people need to start minding their own business.
So – would you report a parent if they bought their child a scrambler?
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