Teenagers will be offered motorbike safety and maintenance training in an an effort to keep them from joyriding on scramblers.
€190,000 in funding has been given to expanding the course in the Garda Youth Diversion Programme, following a pilot programme in Moyross in Limerick City.
Youths will learn bike skills on designated tracks, as well as maintenance and safety
People living in the areas like of Darndale, Cherry Orchard and Ballymun say they’ve been terrorized by scramblers – with serious injuries and even deaths in recent years.
The funding has been announced for eight community-based projects in Dublin and Limerick to tackle anti-social behaviour and the dangerous use of scramblers and quads.
Dublin Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland says it's very welcome.
"It's providing a space for them to learn the skills, to learn to use those bikes safely, and by doing that hopefully they won't be going out in our public parks and our road and causing trouble," she said.
The projects will work with gardaí and local authorities – who will be responsible for providing dedicated tracks.
It comes as Gardaí are to be given increased powers to seize off-road vehicles that are being used dangerously