Irish Gov publish Legislative Programme for e-scooter usage

The Irish Governments’ Chief Whip Jack Chambers TD has published The Legislative Programme for the forthcoming Oireachtas session, including the Miscellaneous Provision of a new Road Traffic Bill.

The Road Traffic Bill will legislate for and regulate the usage of e-Scooters across Ireland. New laws will also be introduced to tackle the scourge of scramblers bikes being operated in a dangerous manner in communities across the country, according to the Goverment.

Jack Chambers, Chief Whip TD, said: “The Legislative Programme sets out an ambitious and exciting agenda of work for the forthcoming Oireachtas session. This is the first Oireachtas session in our new post Brexit world which presents obstacles but also considerable opportunities for our country.”

TIER’s Regional General Manager for Northern Europe, Fred Jones, commented: “It’s incredibly exciting to see the Irish Government preparing to legalise e-scooters on roads. TIER wants to be at the forefront of this leap forward for mobility in Ireland – offering the safest vehicle and innovations like integrated helmets and the world’s most accurate parking technology”.

“To make a success of e-scooters in Ireland, the industry must listen to the concerns and advice of a range of different groups, road users and communities across the country. We look forward to working with many stakeholders and supporting the Government and cities in the coming months.”

The announcement comes after the news that TIER will be launching the first e-Scooter trial in Ireland, serving Dublin City University’s campuses. This will be in collaboration with Smart Dublin, Luna Systems, and Insight DCU.

Additionally, Last month it was announced that nearly €73 million will be divided between local authorities in Ireland thanks to an active travel investment by the National Transport Authority.

Eamon Ryan, Minister For Transport, said: “This marks another significant step forward in providing green sustainable transport options to those outside of the large urban centres.

“Developing high quality walking and cycling facilities will encourage more people to switch to active travel and will contribute to tackling climate change.