Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP Encourages Parents to “Ride Safe” regarding off-road vehicles this Christmas
As Christmas approaches, parents may be considering the gift of a quad, scrambler or scooter for their children. Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is encouraging parents to make certain that they, and any child in their care, understand both the legal and safety needs before and during use of these vehicles.
PCSP Chairperson Councillor Harry Harvey said “We in the PCSP would like everyone to take care, especially over the Christmas period, and parents/guardians need to know that certain scramblers, go-peds, buzz boards, quads and mini-motos do not comply with construction and use legislation and vehicle standards so are therefore restricted to off-road use only. The PCSP along with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Kilkeel Development Association, and local businesses and schools have been meeting about Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the Kilkeel and wider Mourne area specifically dealing with complaints of ASB including scramblers and quads.
Cllr Harvey continued, “In particular parents/guardians should be aware that they may be reported for prosecution or issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. Police have powers to deal with persons who use the vehicles in such a manner that is likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public – for example on a public beach or use the vehicle on a road or public place without insurance. Both can result in prosecution and may lead to the seizure and disposal of the vehicle. These Vehicles are intended for off road use only – these are not toys and therefore, should be treated as motor vehicles. The Committee and PSNI highly recommends the wearing of a protective helmet and other protective equipment in all situations for personal safety.
Cllr Harvey added, “If used on the road the rider would require; a driving licence from age 16 (minimum category AM), at least third party insurance for road use, have a vehicle registered with the DVLNI and display a number plate. The rider would also need to have a Vehicle Excise Licence when used on the road, obligatory lamps reflectors rear markings and devices fitted to fulfil all requirements in accordance with the Motor Regulations (Construction and Use) Regulations 1999. The PSNI’s leaflet, “Ride Safe” leaflet is available in the Mournes area from PSNI and also some copies are in the Kilkeel Library.”