Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (201)

Dessie Ellis

Ceist:

201. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position of existing legislation in which a person using a motorised scooter uses it on a footpath; if this is not permissible under current legislation, the penalties in place for a person using the motorised scooter in such a manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11011/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As a mechanically propelled vehicle, a motorised scooter should not be used on a footpath.  Person who drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a footpath will receive a fixed charge of €60 and 1 penalty point.  If convicted in court they may receive a fine of up to €1,000 for a first offence, up to €2,000 for a second or subsequent offence, and up to €2,000 and/or up to 3 months in prison for a third or subsequent offence within a twelve-month period.  On conviction in court they will also receive 3 penalty points.   

My Department is aware of the increasing use of eScooters, electrically/powered skateboards etc. on our roads.  I have requested the Road Safety Authority to research how such vehicles (classified as mechanically propelled vehicles in the Road Traffic Acts) are dealt with (i.e. regulated) in other countries, particularly other Member States. I am keen to understand the road safety implications of the use of such vehicles on public roads, especially when interacting with other vehicles. Any decision to be taken on whether or not to amend existing legislation will depend on the outcome of the Authority’s research.