Police issue warning over quad and scrambler misuse
Police in South Down are reminding the public that they will take action to curb the nuisance and dangers associated with the use of off-road scramblers and quads on public footpaths and roads in the Ballinran Road area. The use of such motorised vehicles as a leisure activity can be both exciting and fun however, as with most outdoor activities, it can be dangerous and against the law in certain circumstances. Police would like to emphasise the dangers of such vehicles.
A spokesman said, “Police are aware of local concerns about young people riding vehicles like scramblers and quads recklessly in the area, causing noise pollution, pedestrian annoyance and inconvenience. Quads, and some scramblers, do not comply with Construction and Use regulations and Vehicle Safety Standards and therefore are restricted to “off-road” use only. This does not mean they can be driven anywhere “off-road”. These vehicles should only be used on private land where you have permission and should not be used on pavements, roads, public property or parks; this includes green grass areas and public paths.”
He continued, “Riders must be aware of the minimum requirements by law, such as insurance and safety equipment that must be complied with in order for these vehicles to be deemed legal. If your vehicle is designed for use on a road, it should have the appropriate equipment fitted such as lights and number plates and the driver/rider should be the holder of a suitable driving licence and insurance. If it is not designed for the road and not insured, they can only be used on private lands with the permission of the landowner. Such use is in breach of the Road Traffic Order and carries a maximum penalty on conviction of a £1000 fine.”
“Police would urge young people to consider the people living in their community or the areas where these vehicles are being used. Parents too are asked to play their part by watching what their children are doing on these vehicles. No parent wants their child brought home for any wrong doing but if necessary police can refer an individual to the Police Youth Diversion Officer for prosecution purposes. Police also have the power to seize these vehicles. It is important young people recognise that this is a real possibility and has happened before. Police will enforce the necessary legislation in an effort to ensure public safety,” the PSNI spokesman added.
Anyone who witnesses this type of activity in the area or who has any information is asked to contact their local police on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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