Mobility is a key demand of urban residents in 2019 and if you can avoid public transport or the cost of shelling out on a car and insurance and motor tax then purchasing an electric scooter or bike is a very attractive proposition. Its saves money and also carbon friendly but ask yourself this question?
Is it worth getting prosecuted for no insurance and having your expensive scooter or bike seized? Irish law is very clear on the the issue has Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act of 1961 defines a mechanically propelled vehicle as
| “mechanically propelled vehicle” means, subject to subsection (2) of this section, a vehicle intended or adapted for propulsion by mechanical means, including— |
|(a) a bicycle or tricycle with an attachment for propelling it by mechanical power, whether or not the attachment is being used,|
|(b) a vehicle the means of propulsion of which is electrical or partly electrical and partly mechanical,|
Effectively this means on a simplistic reading of the legislation any one riding an electric scooter should have insurance in place before taking out on the public roads.
If you find yourself in such a situation please contact us as needed.