Despite the buzz all around the media electric scooters are still not legal to use on Irish roads. Although you would not think it driving around the streets of Dublin, electric scooters are still technically not legal unless of course they have tax, insurance and the rider has a driving license. None of this is the case we would guess with most electric scooter riders.
CEO of Escooter Ireland has said that sales have increased up to 20% this year compared with the same time last year of both their electric scooter for adults and their kids electric scooter ranges despite the scooters remaining illegal. With that said they do admit that the fact that there is so much uncertainty around these laws means that people are hesitant to buy and understandably so.
Technically the electric scooter falls under the mechanically propelled vehicle laws which means they are governed the same as any motor vehicle. Although sellers of these scooters point to the fact that they need a push off from the rider to begin the journey thus making them not full under this MPV law. In this case it is the fact that the technology is new and the government are trying to use out dated laws to govern something that only came onto Irish roads in the last 2/3 years.
It is estimated there are over 2,000 electric scooters already on Dublin’s streets so despite all of this and the warning sent out by the government people are still taking the risk. Many point to the fact that they save a lot of money and are good for the environment as opposed to other modes of transport.
Here at our local Parish and in the surrounding area it is quite hilly so there is not much use for them here which is probably why we do not see many of them here. In any case we thought it was an interesting topic and it came up in conversation recently.