Personal & Road Safety
This Agreement was last modified on 18 November 2020.
ROAD SAFETY & PERSONAL SAFETY IS PURELY & ENTIRELY A DRIVER’s RESPONSIBILITY. WE AS A PRODUCT SELLER DO NOT TAKE ANY LIABILITY IN CASE OF MISDRIVING RASH DRIVING OR UNCONTROLLED DRIVING ON EBIKES AND ESCOOTERS.
Electric scooters could be made legal as soon as the New Year to embrace the “revolution.’
Eamon Ryan is to fast-track legislation to regulate e-scooters and e-bikes on our roads in the coming months.
And the Minister for Transport and Green Party leader has indicated that he is a fan of them, saying that he wants to “encourage” more people to use eco-friendly forms of transport, including e-scooters, e-bikes, and ordinary bicycles.
Mr. Ryan told the Dáil: “There is a revolution taking place in transport which leads towards this type of transport system.
“We need to start shaping the rest of the transport system around it so that the safety of the pedestrian, the cyclist, and the student going to college on an e-scooter is prioritized.”
Fianna Fáil Dublin South West TD, John Lahart, has been campaigning for proper rules around safe scooters’ use and it was he who asked Mr. Ryan about the issue yesterday.
He said: “I acknowledge the huge investment this week in cycling infrastructure throughout the country.
“It is the largest ever investment in this area on behalf of the State and there is more to come.
“There has never been a greater opportunity to move ahead with the provision of micro-mobility infrastructure in terms of public goodwill and support and, more specifically, the public appetite for such initiatives demonstrated throughout the first lockdown and necessitated by the impact of COVID on public transport capacity.”
Mr. Ryan replied: “I know the Deputy has had an interest in promoting legislation on e-scooters.
“We intend to regulate e-scooters.”
“In that regard, road traffic (miscellaneous provisions) Bill is being developed in my Department in conjunction with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel.
“That is due before the Dáil shortly.
“I hope to introduce an amendment on Committee Stage which would allow for secondary legislation to regulate e-scooters.
“I believe their use should be encouraged.
“The Deputy has spoken about a whole new direction in transport, under which e-mobility will be promoted in a variety of different ways.
“First and foremost in any discussion of micro-mobility must be pedestrianization.
“We have to create safe conditions for pedestrians.
“This will involve better footpaths, easier zebra crossings, and a whole range of different measures.
“Micro-mobility also includes cycling and these new e-bikes.
“These are fantastic because they extend the range people can travel and make cycling easier for people with less ability or in different age groups.
“The technology is improving dramatically and the cost is coming down.
“I am, however, speaking about ordinary bikes as well.”
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