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.

2 comments on “Electric Scooters Electric Bikes – Garda Seizure Powers

  1. On both the garda website and RSA it states that regardless of the type of bike, the rule is as follows:
    If it can be powered by mechanical or electrical power ALONE (ie, it can go without you pedalling or scooting it) then it is considered an MPV….
    The word ‘Alone’ is in bold. Most electric scooters cannot be powered by electrical power alone. They need to be pushed and you need to be coasting at a speed before you can engage any accelerator.
    You cannot just press the accelerator and it moves from a standstill. Therefore, it is not an MPV.

    I have been stopped twice in the past and shown this section to the gardai who have accepted it when I demonstrated this.

    1. Hi Ciaran,

      Thanks for your comment . Your a braver man than me. The Garda and RSA websites are not law first off and secondly while any Garda may have exercised a discretion in your favour that’s not guarantee you won’t be so lucky next time out. You will see media report last week of seizures so policywise they might take a different view.

      I would at a mimimum add your bike to you house insurance and contents policy. I think section 3 will be givne its ordinary legal meaning in terms of its tie to propulsion

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