Search

13 Aug 2022

No specific laws on e-scooters at present but use on footpaths considered illegal 

Clarification sought from Cllr Tom Conaghan at July meeting of Donegal Municipal District

No specific laws on e-scooters at present but use on footpaths considered illegal 

There is currently no specific law in place at the moment covering e-scooters in Donegal with regulations not expected to be introduced until 2023 under the Government's action plan for the National Sustainable Mobility Policy. But their use on footpaths is considered illegal.

The July meeting of the Donegal Municipal District was told that the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a number of reminders to e-scooter owners outlining that E-scooters are technically mechanically propelled vehicles (MPVs) and have also stated said that riding these vehicles on public footpaths should be considered illegal. 

The answer was in response to a question raised by Cllr Tom Conaghan (Ind.) at the monthly meeting in Donegal Town as to what the current guidelines are regarding the use of electric bikes/scooters on footpaths in towns. 

Donegal County Councillor Tom Conaghan (Independent) from Donegal Town 

He was also informed that the RSA had also issued advice for scooters to be used in cycle lanes, where appropriate. 

He was also told that the RSA continues to highlight that E-scooters are a danger to pedestrians when used on footpaths. 

The Government published the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021 last October, which would regulate the use of e-scooters on Irish roads. 

The bill is still making its way through the Oireachtas and will give certainty for e-scooter users once it is signed into law.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.