The Government’s approval of new legislation to allow for the regulation of e-scooters and e-bikes is welcome progress and will benefit the safety of all road users, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Fine Gael Spokesperson on Climate Action, Deputy Alan Farrell said: “Legislation in this area is badly needed in Ireland. I believe that by regularising these efficient and user-friendly vehicles, we can actively promote this form of environmentally friendly micro mobility which will contribute to modernising our transport options in our towns, villages and cities across the country.
“That is why I submitted my own Bill in 2020, to address the issue of e-scooters and e-bikes.
“Introducing legislation in this field will allow us to make the use of these vehicles safer for both drivers and other road users.”
Deputy Farrell continued: “The Personal Light Electric Vehicle Bill that I have proposed would see a range of requirements and rules brought to this form of transport, from imposing a minimum age of use at 16, a speed limit of 25km and prohibiting use on footpaths, among others.
“I hope the proposals in my Bill form the basis for the legislation in this area.”
Deputy Farrell added: “To reach our Climate Action goals in reducing emissions, particularly in the transport sector, we must be open to adopting new and importantly, clean, technologies that will help modernize our transport system.
“As Fine Gael Climate Action Spokesperson, I am committed to bringing positive changes to our communities, towns and cities.”