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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 21 July 2020

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Ceisteanna (106)

Neale Richmond

Ceist:

106. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he plans to publish a general scheme of a Bill to fulfil the Programme for Government commitment to legislate for e-scooters and e-bikes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16528/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I intend to legislate for eScooters in accordance with the Programme for Government. This will involve identifying and developing appropriate amendments to primary legislation across a range of complex areas. The work must be carried out in such a way that it doea not undermine the overall framework of Road Traffic Law or Road Safety in general. The Government's current legislative priorities are the necessary measures to manage the Covid 19 crisis and to address its social and economic consequences.

There are two types of e-bikes both of which are already provided for in existing legislation. Pedal assisted electric bikes with a maximun speed of 25kph are treated as regular bikes. Pedal assisted electric bikes with a maximum speed of greater than 25kph are treated as low performance mopeds which require the appropriate licence, tax and insurance.

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