The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has failed to introduce a proper regulatory framework for the safe use of e-scooters on our city’s streets, according to Deputy John Curran TD. Fianna Fáil’s TD for Dublin Mid-West John Curran was speaking after receiving new information through a parliamentary question from Minister Shane Ross in relation to this matter, he said; “I am calling on Minister Shane Ross to take urgent action to deal with the legal loophole that appears to be stalling the introduction of a proper regulatory framework for the safe use of these devices on our City’s streets.
Currently e-scooters are considered to be mechanically propelled vehicles, therefore users of these vehicles must have insurance, road tax and a driving licence, with penalties under road traffic laws (including fixed charge notices, penalty points, fines and possible seizure of the vehicle) for not being in compliance with these requirements. Yet in the same reply the Minister states that it is currently not possible to tax or insure e-scooters. This contradiction in the legislation is ridiculous and needs urgent attention from Government. “The use of e-scooters is becoming increasingly popular across Dublin, especially among young people and this is to be welcomed. They offer a green alternative to commuters making short journeys around the City and suburbs and have the potential to reduce congestion. I see parents using them to do the school drop off while their children scoot or cycle beside them, this has to be encouraged.
“The Government’s reaction has been to look the other way and pretend it isn’t happening. There is no doubt that these devices have the potential to make a very positive impact on transport in the city and we need a plan. “These devices have the potential to serve the same purpose in our city as they do in many other major European cities, Minister Ross said that he has asked the Road Safety Authority to carry out research into how e-scooters are regulated in other countries, I will continue to follow up with the Minister in relation to this matter”, concluded Deputy Curran.