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Electric Scooters in Ireland: Are they Legal?

What is legal status of electric scooters in Ireland?

The Transport Minister, Eamon Ryan, is expected to introduce new legislation regulating the use of e-scooters in Ireland.

E-scooters are currently classified as mechanically propelled vehicles, which makes them subject to insurance, road tax, and a driving license.

However, as it is impossible to tax or insure e-scooters in Ireland, people are breaking the law every day without realizing it.

 

 

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The new legislation would reclassify e-scooters as "powered personal transporters" and exempt them from insurance or tax if they remain below the 25kph speed limit.

The Road Safety Authority has urged the Transport Minister to impose further restrictions, such as banning e-scooters from footpaths and requiring audio devices to be attached to e-scooters to alert visually impaired pedestrians. However, some people are concerned that the legislation is not strict enough, particularly with regards to selling e-scooters to under-16s.

Can you bring electric scooter on the bus in Ireland?

The rules regarding bringing electric scooters on buses in Ireland may vary depending on the bus operator and their policies. In general, folding electric scooters that can be easily carried and stored are more likely to be allowed on buses than larger, heavier models. However, it is best to check with the specific bus company you plan to travel with to find out their policy on bringing electric scooters on board.

What is the top speed of an electric scooter in Ireland?

In Ireland, the top speed of an electric scooter that can be legally used on public roads is 25 km/h (15.5 mph). However, it's important to note that this speed limit only applies to e-scooters that meet certain criteria, such as having a maximum power output of 500 watts and being equipped with lights, reflectors, and a bell or horn. It's illegal to use an electric scooter with a higher top speed on public roads or in other public spaces, such as parks or cycle paths.

Can I bring electric scooter on train Ireland?

The regulations regarding bringing electric scooters on trains in Ireland may vary depending on the specific train service provider. However, in general, electric scooters are not allowed on Irish Rail services, including DART and Intercity trains.

It's best to check with the specific train service provider for their policy on bringing electric scooters on board. You may need to consider alternative modes of transportation if you need to travel with your electric scooter.

Do scooters need insurance Ireland?

Yes, electric scooters are required to have insurance in Ireland. According to the Road Traffic Act 1961, all vehicles, including electric scooters, that are used on a public road or in a public place must have insurance. This includes third-party insurance, which covers damages or injuries caused to other people or their property in the event of an accident.

It's worth noting that the use of electric scooters on public roads is currently not legal in Ireland, although there is ongoing discussion about the potential legalization of their use. However, if you do plan to use an electric scooter on private property, it is still recommended that you have insurance in case of any accidents or incidents.