The legalization and regulation of e-scooters in Ireland is likely to be delayed, meaning thousands of people currently using them without insurance or taxes will be doing so illegally.
According to the government’s recent update of the National Policy for Sustainable Mobility, regulations “to ensure the safe use of and minimum security and design requirements for PPTs” will now not be introduced before 2023.
“Powered Personal Transporters” (PPTs) is the term used by the Department of Transportation to refer to battery-powered e-scooters.
Currently, e-scooters are legally classified as “mechanical drive vehicles”, similar to motorcycles. A driver’s license, road tax and insurance are required for legal use. However, Gardaí regularly turn a blind eye to people using the devices in towns and cities.
Last year the government said it expected to pass legislation that would legalize use of the devices under a new designation that would avoid the need for taxes and insurance.
“These proposals in the bill should be seen as part of our broader effort to promote alternative forms of mobility, reduce our culture of car dependency and provide opportunities for active and healthy travel,” said Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan at the time.
E-scooters typically drive at up to 20 km/h with a range of between 15 km and 25 km between charges.
However, there are still questions to be clarified as to where e-scooters are allowed to drive and where not.
Rental companies such as Tier, Zipp, Bird and Bleeper have expressed interest in bringing fleets of e-scooters onto Irish roads.
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