The MP for Bradford South on the ‘threat’ of anti-social quads

BRADFORD South MP Judith Cummins has made a fresh call on the government to tackle the misery and disruption caused by quads.

Speaking during a debate on anti-social behavior and off-road vehicles, the MP again called on the government to enact legislation to address the scourge of illegal off-road vehicles.

It’s an all too common problem on the streets of Bradford. T&A readers often contact us to share their anger and frustration.

“The constant, loud, piercing drone of quads is an all too familiar sound in many of our towns and cities,” Ms Cummins said.

“While these vehicles have significant legitimate uses in agriculture and related issues, their reckless, reckless and dangerous use on our streets is a threat – and my constituents are fed up.”

“Change is necessary”

She urged the government to enact three changes to the law: a mandatory legal fitting of immobilizers; requiring quad drivers on public roads to wear helmets, and creating a registration system for all quads to directly address the anti-social element of these vehicles in the wrong hands.

Ms Cummins added: ‘In Northern Ireland helmets are compulsory for all quad users on public roads, but this is not the case in the rest of the UK.

“The argument is obvious: when the worst happens, the results are catastrophic.”

“Installation of immobilizers is not a legal requirement on quads, although it has been compulsory for all cars since 1998.

“The device provides an extra layer of security and by making immobilizers mandatory we can make it more difficult to steal and reduce the number of quads that enter our streets in the first place.

“We could also extend the registration system for road-legal quads to cover all quads, including those authorized for off-road use only.

“It establishes a clear line of ownership from the point of sale which will aid police in their inquiries when investigating reports and it means that once seized stolen quads can be more easily returned to their owner. legit.”

She added: “We need to stop seeing these vehicles as toys. If we continue to let this type of vehicle fall through the cracks of current legislation, we are not protecting legitimate owners from unnecessary theft, we are not protecting residents struggling with chronic noise, and we are not protecting all road users and pedestrians who remain at unnecessary risk. »

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