203. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of legislation to tackle the ongoing issue of scrambler and quad bikes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20457/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As previously stated, in response to parliamentary question 99 of 10 April 2019, legal advice received from the Office of the Attorney General indicated that, in the main, current road traffic and public order legislation appear to provide sufficient means to police this issue. This view was shared by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and An Garda Síochána at the last sitting for the cross-agency group on scrambler misuse (15 March).
My Department is continuing to liaise with An Garda Síochána to explore practical solutions to this problem, which is likely to include a combination of targeted enforcement measures, awareness raising, and youth engagement programmes.
The cross-agency group remains open to considering workable legislative solutions in the event that specific legislative gaps are identified by An Garda Síochána.