‘Know the law on quads’ say police

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Larne police have urged the public to act responsibly – and know the law – before buying scramblers, go-peds, buzz boards and quad as Christmas gifts.

Police say they want families to have a safe Christmas that is memorable for all the rights reasons, so are asking parents to consider a number of issues before making any purchase.

Firstly, police point out that it is illegal to use scramblers, go-peds, buzz boards or quads on roads or footpaths in your community.

If your child is riding on private property, you must have the permission of the owner.

It is also illegal to use scramblers, go-peds, buzz boards or quads on public green areas in your community.

You will need the following if riding on a road – a driving licence; third party insurance; number plates; tax, appropriate lights and markings.

You must also comply with all construction and use regulations.

The user or parent is potentially liable for any injury caused to others.

Scramblers, go-peds, buzz boards or quads are powerful machines which can kill or seriously injure if they are used without safety equipment or without due care and attention.

The rider or their parents can be liable for any injury caused to other people.

Safety equipment such as helmets, safety clothing, gloves and protective footwear are essential in keeping children safe.

Anyone who would like to discuss this further should call Roads Policing Unit on 0845 600 8000.