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Dublin City Council Responds to Claims it Called for Ban on All Electric Scooters

Dublin City Council has responded to claims that it was calling for electric scooters to be banned form all public roads and cycle paths.

A spokeswoman for the council said on Monday it was the local authority’s view that “the use of electric scooters on public roads is illegal and that it is a matter for An Garda Síochána to enforce under road traffic legislation,” while the Road Safety Authority has said that it is illegal to ride on cycle paths, and that the “law and the rules of the road are very clear on this matter.”

The council said it had “carried out research into the use of electric scooters and a study has revealed the majority of electric scooters available to purchase in the Dublin area exceed 250W power output and have a maximum speed in excess of 25km/h,” and as such be classed as mechanically propelled vehicles.

Looking to clarify the matter a Dublin City Council spokesman said “The Council did not specifically call for a ban.They merely pointed out that electric scooters exceeding 250W power output with a maximum speed over 25kph are actually classed as Mechanically propelled vehicles (MPVs) and are therefore subject to the same Road Traffic legislation as other MPVs (such as cars). Therefore their use of public roads is illegal if they are not taxed, insured and the driver has a licence.”

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