Senior gardaí concerned over mooted legalisation of e-scooters

Fears include vehicle interaction with cyclists in bike lanes, and speed and helmet criteria

The  overriding Garda view is that a clear decision must be taken to either allow e-scooters under regulation or  ban them completely. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The overriding Garda view is that a clear decision must be taken to either allow e-scooters under regulation or ban them completely. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Concern is growing in Garda circles about the increased use of e-scooters, especially in Dublin, as a public consultation on the future of the devices gets under way.

At present, the devices are classed as mechanically propelled vehicles and their use is illegal on public roads or in public places. However, they have been growing in popularity and, while some users have been stopped and had their scooters seized, they are being used very regularly.

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