The recently approved Road Traffic Bill is the first one to legislate e-bikes and e-scooters as vehicles circulating on Irish public roads.
Cormac Reynolds of Green Electric Scooters shared their excitement to find out all details of this new legislation. We don’t have the exact details just yet, but we can take a lucky guess, anyway.
Most probably the new Irish electric scooter legislation will be in line with that of other EU member countries. Here are the main points we anticipate e-scooter users will need to comply with:
– maximum speed of 25km/h
– in busy areas, the speed limit may be even lower
– maximum admissible motor power of 250W
– it is unlikely that helmets will become mandatory, as this doesn’t cater to the vehicle sharing schemes
– possibility of setting a minimum age limit of 16 years old
– cruise control ban
– no insurance or tax requirements
New Irish Scooter Laws
These are only our informed guesses, but we are eager to see the specifics of this new and exciting bill. It’s good to know that the Irish legislation will mirror the model of other European countries. According to Cormac Reynolds, Ireland is in dire need for a framework for e-scooters to be used responsibly.
As Ireland has to cope with lots of transportation issues such as accidents and traffic jams, many commuters have to spend hours in traffic every day and to put up with huge delays. This is one of the main problems micro mobility means like e-bikes and e-scooters can solve.
Furthermore, e-scooters come with a wide array of green benefits that are difficult to overlook. They are emissions-free vehicles, and therefore can contribute to improving air quality in busy urban areas. We agree that investing in green cars can also be good for the environment. Nevertheless, they are still cars on the road, so they can’t solve the congestion-related problems. In addition, they require way more raw materials to produce than e-bikes and e-scooters. Their green production cost is also much higher.
The Green Electric scooter is the best choice for commuters in and around urban areas. As almost 70 percent of all trips are shorter than five miles and 23 percent of all trips are shorter than one mile, it becomes clear how other means than the car can get commuters to and from work.
This new bout of legislation is more than welcome. However, we need to wait and see the specific details. Apparently, the bill will be published by the end of this year, but we will keep tabs on the matter to see if we can get you some news earlier.