FREE NOW and other providers call on the Minister to ensure the proposed legislation for e-scooters receives its full consideration and passage over the coming weeks

A number of e-scooter and e-bike operators, potential operators and mobility platforms, including Ireland’s lead ride hailing app and multi-mobility provider FREE NOW, have today sent a letter to Transport Minister Eamon Ryan calling on him to see that the proposed legislation for e-scooters receives its full consideration and passage over the coming weeks.

The Programme for Government- published last year- included a pledge from the Government to ‘legislate for e-scooters and e-bikes’.  And on February 1 this year, the Government approved the drafting of legislation to allow for their regulation.  One of the main provisions of the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill is to legislate for the use of e-scooters, and this will ultimately allow them to be used legally and safely in a public place.

 

 

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Today, FREE NOW are amongst a group of operators, potential operators and mobility platforms who have written to the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD to see that the Bill receives its full consideration and passage over the coming weeks in order to allow passengers to enjoy the benefits of e-scooters throughout the late summer and early autumn months.

They are asking the Government to “commit to a timeline to implement this important legislation”.  In their letter, which is attached, they also state:  “We believe that it is vital that legislation is prioritised and finalised as soon as possible to allow all relevant processes to take place to ensure we have scooters deployed in the late summer / early autumn months.”

As we all know this has been going on long enough now and nothing has been done so lets see what happens in the near future…

The letter sent..

Dear Minister 

We are writing to you as a group of e-scooter and e-bike operators, potential operators  and mobility platforms. We are all hugely supportive of the work being undertaken by  the Government to legislate for e-scooters as part of the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous)  Bill. 

We were delighted to see that it is contained in the Summer Legislative Programme.  Our ask is to ensure that the Bill receives its full consideration and passage over the  coming weeks in order to allow passengers to enjoy the benefits of e-scooters in the  Summer and Autumn. Multi-modality will be a hugely important element of our re 

opening, ensuring that people have a range of transport options available to them. We  would ask the government to commit to a timeline to implement this important  legislation. 

E-scooters have been found to be a safe and enjoyable transport mode. Many of the  signatories to this letter have experience in other countries and understand the need  to ensure that safety of passengers and other road users must be paramount. We  believe that it is vital that legislation is prioritised and finalised as soon as possible to  allow all relevant processes to take place to ensure we have scooters deployed in the  late summer / early autumn months.  

As the pandemic draws to a close we are keen to continue to support a safe re opening. We are eager to work with government, regulators and other stakeholders to  ensure that scooters are a safe, reliable and enjoyable option for passengers.