Sunday 26 January 2020

New crackdown on scramblers

The Government is to introduce new laws to clamp down on the use of scramblers and quad bikes next year.
The Government is to introduce new laws to clamp down on the use of scramblers and quad bikes next year.
Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell

The Government is to introduce new laws to clamp down on the use of scramblers and quad bikes next year.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he accepted there is a "legislative loophole" and that he will prioritise closing it in the new year, in conjunction with Transport Minister Shane Ross.

"It would appear that there's a need to change the legislation," Mr Flanagan told the Irish Independent. "[There is] a proposal made by the Garda Síochána that would allow for the road traffic code [to] be used off-road in the same way as it is currently on the roads.

"I believe it's important that we would look favourably towards that."

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In 2017, 62 people were injured in quad or scrambler accidents. Four people were killed in accidents involving them between 2014 and 2017.

"I would encourage people not to purchase scramblers as a Christmas present," Mr Flanagan added.

Irish Independent

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