Two councillors are warning residents of the dangers of quad bikes, especially during the summer months, on public pavements and roads. In recent months...

Two councillors are warning residents of the dangers of quad bikes, especially during the summer months, on public pavements and roads.

In recent months there have been a handful of complaints in certain areas of Paisley about people using quad bikes and off-road motorbikes within local communities and open spaces.

However, as a recent tragedy in Glasgow shows, where a 75-year-old woman died after she was hit by a quad bike which mounted the kerb, it can be more serious if those using these vehicles are using them on public roads and pavements.

Councillor Stephen Burns, Paisley Southwest, said: “The recent tragedy in Glasgow where a woman died after being struck by a quad bike highlights just how dangerous these vehicles can be.

“For the past couple of years, I routinely get complaints about the noise and disturbance caused by people racing around in off-road motorbikes and quad bikes – especially as the nights are lighter and the weather is often better.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Paisley Northwest, added: “There are certain areas across Paisley where some people think its fine to race about in quad bikes and off-road motorbikes, having no regard for the disturbance this causes residents. There are some areas, such as parts of Ferguslie, which are subjected to this antisocial behaviour on a routine basis.

“However, as the recent tragedy in Glasgow shows, these vehicles in the wrong place and in the wrong hands can kill. Both myself and Cllr Burns will contact Police Scotland to raise our concerns about the regular use of these vehicles within our communities.”