Text: Izzy Copestake
But enforcing the law is another matter entirely.
Anyone under the age of 16 will soon be banned from using an electric scooter under new laws, after a U-Turn by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan.
Earlier this year, Ryan stated that any attempt to restrict the use of electric scooters by age would be ‘unenforceable’ due to the lack of a national identification card system for under 18s. However, it’s just been announced that Ryan has changed his mind over safety concerns and the law will come into place soon.
E-scooters will also become legal on Irish roads. But as part of this new law e-scooters will be classified as personal powered transporters, with their own regulations to be completed in the next few weeks.
Some e-bikes can go as fast as 45km/ph, which is higher than many speed limits in the city center. The law aims to classify and restrict the devices, with consideration given to their speed and power.
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