Some 44 scrambler bikes and off-road vehicles have been seized by Gardaí in an operation targeting dangerous driving in Limerick.
The operation also saw Gardaí arresting five people for suspected endangerment, dangerous driving and “other related matters”.
In a statement, Gardaí said some 21 searches took place across Limerick city on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Henry Street Station Superintendent Andrew Lacey said scramblers and off-rod vehicles are a “growing problem” in Limerick.
He said the Road Traffic and Roads Act 2023 has given Gardaí increased “search and seizure powers” to tackle the issue.
“Through our various interactions in Joint Policing Committees and local community meetings we received a clear message that this behaviour is causing fear, intimidation and distress across the city,” he said.
“We are acutely aware of the problem ourselves and can correlate the use of scramblers and e-scooters to criminal activities with a number of detections in the sale and supply of drugs in recent months.
"With the new powers in place, we plan to continue with these operations if those responsible continue to break the law, cause harm to communities or have a detrimental effect on business and traders in the city centre.”
The Road Traffic and Roads Act was signed into law at the end of July this year.