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Imagine tragedy of Christmas gift causing death or disability: PSNI scrambler warning

By Claire Williamson

Police have issued a warning to parents that motorised vehicles such as quads and scramblers "are not toys" ahead of Christmas.

Police are urging parents and guardians considering buying quads, go-peds, scramblers or other motorised vehicles this Christmas to think of safety and the legalities around their use.

Inspector Rosie Leech said people have been killed and seriously injured using these machines.

She said: "They are not toys. They must not be on the pavements, roads, public property or parks and should only ever be used on private property with permission from the land/property owner.

"It is vital that children and young people understand and respect the power of these machines and it is critically important that the appropriate safety equipment is used and that their use is properly supervised.”

Inspector Leech continued: “Some of these vehicles do not comply with Construction and Use Regulations and Vehicle Safety Standards and therefore are restricted to “off-road” use only.

“The law is clear - any vehicle used on roads should have the appropriate equipment fitted such as lights and number plates, it should also be insured and taxed and the driver/rider must have a suitable driving licence. Vehicles driving on public 'green spaces' are guilty of an offence, regardless of the manner of the driving. In both cases the police have a power to seize the vehicle.

“At best, no parent wants their child brought home for any wrongdoing or referred to the PSNI Youth Diversion Officer for prosecution purposes. At worst, people have been killed and seriously injured using these machines. Imagine the tragedy of a Christmas gift being responsible for a death or life-long disability."

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