A bill to legislate for the use of E-Scooters and certain E-Bikes has been introduced to the Dáil by Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell.
The Fine Gael spokesperson on Climate Action and Dublin Fingal TD, Deputy Farrell said he was pleased to introduce this Bill today, having begun work on the legislation in mid-2020.
“Adopting sustainable transport options in our villages and cities will be key to seeing Ireland benefit, from what I believe can be, a growing micro-mobility sector in the economy,” he said.
“This Bill will impose age restrictions, a speed limit and regulations as to the use of E-Scooters and some E-Bikes, making them safer for the driver, drivers of other vehicles and pedestrians. Currently there exists a gap in Irish legislation in this field, despite this they are a common sight on our roads, underscoring the importance of timely action on the issue.”
The Bill is entitled, the ‘Road Traffic (Amendment) (Personal Light Electric Vehicles) Bill 2021’.
“Transport is an area where I believe we can make significant progress – with regard to cutting our emissions and allowing people clean and sustainable methods.
“This Bill will bring Ireland in line with other EU partners who have led the way in this technology, and will avoid the need to introduce tax, insurance or a licensing system for the vehicles defined in the Bill.”
“Climate Change is the biggest challenge facing our generation and will most likely be an even bigger challenge for the succeeding generation who will live through some of its worst effects. However, we have it within our power to try a negate those effects and avoid the worst-case scenarios.”
“Engaging with environmentally friendly technology and transport options is one small piece of this puzzle, that I hope will ultimately see us not only become a leader in Climate Action but as an international community, pass a healthier planet on to our children.” Deputy Farrell added.