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Electronic Scooters And Similar Transport Devices Are Currently Illegal On Irish Roads

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

May 28, 2019 at 11:54am

It's impossible to do the morning commute without seeing electric scooters, skateboards and one-wheels zooming past you.

But did you know that such devices are currently illegal under Irish Law?

Under the Road Traffic Act 1961, eRides are considered to be “mechanically propelled” or "MPVs", and owners must permit tax, insurance and a driver's licence.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to obtain tax or insurance as the NDLS centre does not have a category in which they fall into, meaning they are currently illegal on public land.
As of late, Gardaí have started seizing electronic transport devices which is causing uproar in the eRide community.
This has encouraged the community to push Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to change the current legislation.
A spokesperson from the eRide Dublin community said:
"There are lots of benefits of eRides, especially in cities. They are easy and fun to ride, cut down commuting times and require less energy than a pedal bike. We believe it could be an excellent solution to city congestion problems and being electric means they are environmentally friendly and have zero emissions."  

eRides are becoming increasingly popular worldwide, especially in Europe and the States. Countries have their own rules and regulations; some limit their maximum speed, maximum power and what roads they are allowed on.

Currently, Shane Ross is looking into the matter and researching how these devices are regulated, as well as the safety implications in other countries, particularly in the EU.

Once that research has been completed, a decision will be taken on whether or not to amend existing legislation.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said that “safety is paramount on this issue” and he had asked the Road Safety Authority to research how e-scooters are regulated in other countries particularly other EU Member States.

Owners of eRideables have become their own subculture in Dublin, meeting up and going on group rides together during the week. They also host events and are one of the main groups behind the push to legalise their use in Ireland.

They said:

"As part of our campaign we encourage anyone interested to talk to us, ask any questions, even meet up, come along and try our electric vehicles. You might even be converted and want one yourself!"

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