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Calls for e-scooters to be more regulated after 14 incidents reported every week last year, say gardaí




Garda Síochána’s PULSE system recorded 746 traffic accidents involving electric scooters last year, an average of 14 a week, according to new data from gardaí.

The number is up by 106 from 2021, when 640 traffic accidents were recorded.

Since the beginning of this year, 28 incidents have been recorded on PULSE.

The data also shows that 554 traffic accidents involving electric scooters have been registered on PULSE since 2020, while Gardaí has impounded 305 electric scooters under the Road Traffic Act since 2020.

Electric scooters cannot currently be used on Irish roads and paths but legislation is passing through the Oireachtas which will legalize it here.

Under Irish law, electric scooters meet the definition of mechanically propelled vehicles, which means they cannot be used in a public place without tax, insurance and the appropriate driving licence.

However, the UK is unique in that it only allows shared e-scooter services on public roads and private e-scooters cannot be used in public areas.

Mr Gleeson, founder and CEO of Zipp mobility, said he thinks that will change over the next year and also expects new legislation in Ireland to allow private and shared e-scooters to be legalized for use on public roads.

He said its use on public roads could benefit everyone as it will help get cars off the road, which will reduce congestion and consequently emissions.

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