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Trav­el­ling to my of­fice through heavy traf­fic is tak­ing me longer be­cause of in­creased con­ges­tion. Can I travel by elec­tric scooter in­stead?

An elec­tric scooter (some­times called an e-scooter) is a small plat­form with two or more wheels that is pro­pelled by an elec­tric mo­tor. The rider can also pro­pel the elec­tric scooter for­ward by push­ing off the ground.

Elec­tric scooters and elec­tric skate­boards fall into the cat­e­gory of ‘me­chan­i­cally pro­pelled ve­hi­cles’ (as defined in the Road Traf­fic Act 1961). If a ve­hi­cle can be pow­ered by me­chan­i­cal or elec­tri­cal power alone, then it is con­sid­ered to be a ‘me­chan­i­cally pro­pelled ve­hi­cle’.

Un­der Ir­ish road traf­fic law, peo­ple us­ing such ve­hi­cles in a pub­lic place must have in­sur­ance, road tax and a driv­ing li­cence. There are 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.

As it is cur­rently not pos­si­ble to tax or in­sure elec­tric scooters or skate­boards, they are not con­sid­ered suit­able for use in pub­lic places.

How­ever, the Road Safety Au­thor­ity is car­ry­ing out re­search as to how elec­tric scooters and other such ve­hi­cles are regulated in other coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly in other EU mem­ber states. The goal is to un­der­stand the road safety im­pli­ca­tions of the use of such ve­hi­cles on pub­lic roads, es­pe­cially when in­ter­act­ing with other ve­hi­cles.

You can read fre­quently asked ques­tions about elec­tric ve­hi­cles on rsa.ie.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre be­low.

Know Your Rights has been com­piled by County Wick­low Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, Bless­ing­ton Li­brary, Town Cen­tre, which pro­vides a free and con­fi­den­tial ser­vice to the pub­lic. Open Tues­day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Call 086 0481881. An out­reach ser­vice is pro­vided in Balt­in­glass by the Car­low Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice. In­for­ma­tion also avail­able on­line at cit­i­zensin­for­ma­tion.ie.

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