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IrelandMajority of people believe that electric scooters should not be legalised for use on Irish roads

15:40  15 september  2019
15:40  15 september  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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However, support for legalising electric scooters dropped in other parts of the country: only 39% of people in Munster and 32% of people in Connaught and Ulster were in favour of doing so. Support for legalising the use of electric scooters on Irish roads was highest among those aged 55 and over

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Majority of people believe that electric scooters should not be legalised for use on Irish roads © Shutterstock Roman Chekhovskoy

A SMALL MAJORITY of people believe that the law should not be changed to allow electric scooters to be used on Irish roads.

The latest Amárach/Claire Byrne Live poll for TheJournal.ie found that almost half of people (46%) believe that the law should not be changed, compared to just 41% of those who believe it should and 13% who say they don’t know.

Men (50%) were more likely to say the law should be changed than women (33%), while more Dubliners were said the law shouldn’t be changed (47%) than those that said it should (42%).

In contrast, more people from parts of Leinster, when Dublin was excluded, said they were supportive of having the law changed (47%) than those who weren’t (42%).

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A Government-commissioned report on the use of electric scooters has recommended that moves should be made to make them legal on Irish roads . However, the report submitted to Minister for Transport Shane Ross is also understood to raise a number of significant safety concerns about the

Electric scooters should be legalised for use on Britain’s roads , but restricted to 12mph, the Government has been urged. Mr Hurwitz said the scooters should be restricted to 12mph, the speed recently introduced in Germany, even though some The majority were warned, but ten were

Majority of people believe that electric scooters should not be legalised for use on Irish roads © Catalyst Images 05 September 2019, Berlin: A young woman drives an electric scooter made by Segway on the second media day of the IFA technology fair, the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics. The IFA takes place from 06.-11.09.2019 at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Trade visitors from more than 100 countries visit presentations of the latest products and innovations Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa (Photo by Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images)

However, support for legalising electric scooters dropped in other parts of the country: only 39% of people in Munster and 32% of people in Connaught and Ulster were in favour of doing so.

Support for legalising the use of electric scooters on Irish roads was highest among those aged 55 and over (43%), with those aged 18-24 the most likely to be against changing the law (50%).

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A Government-commissioned report on the use of electric scooters has recommended that moves should be made to make them legal on Irish roads . However, the report submitted to Minister for Transport Shane Ross is also understood to raise a number of significant safety concerns about the

Scooters with electric motors can exceed 30mph and are used for short journeys in a number of European nations The DfT said it has no immediate plans to legalise electric scooters , and advised retailers to be ‘The convenience and affordability of electric scooters should not be overlooked

Those from well-off backgrounds were more reluctant to have the law changed (44%) than supportive of changing the law (42%).

Majority of people believe that electric scooters should not be legalised for use on Irish roads © Catalyst Images PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: A man rides an electric scooter during an one-day strike of Paris public transports operator RATP employees on September 13, 2019 in Paris, France. Many Parisians traveled by bike or scooter during the strike of the employees of the public transport who protests against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

But significantly more people from lower-income backgrounds were against changing the law (49%) than those who supported doing so (40%).

Last month, the Department of Transport launched a public consultation on whether so-called Powered Personal Transporters (PPTs) – including electric scooters – should be legalised.

A report from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to carry out research into how other EU member states regulated the vehicles argued that legislation should be developed for their use here.

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Electric scooters and mopeds are quickly moving towards electric drive, and KYMCO electric Mopeds and scooters are going green – KYMCO chairman says electric scooters to be majority of new The fact that consumers are switching from gas scooters to electric scooters should come as no “We believe that we could play the role of something like the gasoline station network today.

Using an electric scooter is not permitted under existing road -traffic legislation. Anyone caught using one in public spaces could be fined, given penalty A department spokesman told The Irish Times that under the Road Traffic Act 1961, electric scooters are considered to be “mechanically propelled”.

Majority of people believe that electric scooters should not be legalised for use on Irish roads © Catalyst Images 28 August 2019, Cologne: E-scooters stand on the sidewalk next to a traffic light at the Starssen edge Photo: Horst Galuschka/dpa (Photo by Horst Galuschka/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The RSA believes such laws would encourage the use of protective equipment for users of PPTs, allow for training and safety standards for them, as well as give guidance on where the vehicles can be used.

It also found that the use of such PPTs could help Ireland reach its climate emissions targets.

The Claire Byrne Live / Amarách Research Panel consists of over 1,000 Irish adults, all aged 18+. The poll was conducted earlier this week.

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