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17th May 2019 | Community, Press Releases

Minister for Justice abdicating responsibility regarding dangerous scrambler bikes


Green Party Councillor Roderic O’Gorman has slammed the statement from the Minister for Justice that he does not plan to bring forward new legislation to address the issue of dangerous scrambler bikes being driven in public spaces. He was speaking following a reply by the Minister to a question put to him by the Green Party in the Dail, in which the Minister said it had been decided that existing legislation is sufficient.

“Last year, following a horrendous case in which a man was critically injured by a scrambler in Darndale, the Minister convened a ‘cross-agency group’ to advise how to address this issue. It met a couple of times, and sought input from the Attorney General. Now, in a reply to a Dail question from the Green Party, the Minister has confirmed that the ‘cross-agency group’ has recommended no legislative change. They’ve literally taken a year to decide to do nothing”, stated Cllr O’Gorman.

“This is a shocking abdication of responsibility by the Minister and his Department. Whenever I speak to either Community Gardai or to Council officials or are dealing with this on the ground, they state that they currently don’t have the power to properly solve the problem. Scrambler bikes don’t need to be registered, and there are restrictions on the Gardai’s ability to seize them from private property”.

“Whoever is on this cross-agency group, they clearly are completely cut off from the reality of what is happening in urban communities around Dublin. The Minister needs to spare us the platitudes about the dangers of driving these bikes and actually act. Legislation requiring the registration of scramblers, and increased powers for the Gardai to seize them if they are driven dangerously, would be a start”, stated Cllr. O’Gorman

Green Party Cabra-Glasnevin candidate, Neasa Hourigan stated “Scrambler bikes being driven by young teenagers are causing real danger to communities in Cabra, Pelletstown and along the Royal Canal. Already, one person has suffered life-changing injuries as a result of these activities. The Minister has to stop hiding behind committee reports and actually act”.

Reply from Minister for Justice to question from Catherine Martin TD on scrambler bikes: