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Bye-laws could clamp down on danger bikers

CITY officials are examining whether to introduce bye-laws to tackle quad bikes and motorcycles.

Both gardai and politicians are worried about a number of incidents that have taken place in parks and public spaces in recent months.

The matter has been brought to the attention of senior Garda management, while Dublin City Council is considering whether to introduce new bye-laws in a bid to clamp down on unruly behaviour.

The move could lead to fines and prosecutions against those who are driving dangerously and without a helmet, tax and insurance in parks across the capital.

"Dublin City Council is currently reviewing all issues relating to parks and open spaces in a proposed formulation of a new parks and open space strategy, and part of this review will consider existing park bye-laws and rules," according to council documents seen by the Herald.


"The issue of quads and motorcycles (the damage caused by this and safety issues arising) could be included in a set of new park and open space bye-laws, but the big issue will be enforcement, because our park staff would not be in a position to carry out any reasonable level of such enforcement," they add.

Parts of Coolock, Artane and the north inner city have seen a spate of dangerous behaviour by individuals driving quad bikes and motorcycles.

Labour TD Tommy Broughan described some of the behaviour of these drivers in parks and other public places as crazy.

"I would support bye-laws because this has been an ongoing problem in several parts of Dublin Bay North and other places in the capital," he said.

"Individuals engaging in reckless behaviour on motor, quad and scramble bikes in residential areas are extremely dangerous, especially for children and senior citizens.

"There is also the issue of the noise it creates. Local communities are terrorised when individuals race around quiet streets and green areas on these powerful bikes, with no thought to the safety of other drivers, pedestrians or children playing."