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25km/h electric bikes and e-scooters exempt from regulation.

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Exempt from regulation are electric motorcycles and e-scooters with a top speed of 25 kilometers per hour.

New Bill requires registration, insurance, and tax on e-bikes with pedal assistance over 25 mph.

Government confirms electric bikes and e-scooters are exempt from registration, tax, and insurance if they can’t exceed 25km/h.

The Road Traffic and Roads Bill will regulate e-bikes and e-scooters, which have proven popular.

E-bikes that conform to EU legislation banning pedal-assisted cycling above 25km/h will be treated like normal pedal cycles.

EU directive 2002/24/EC enables e-bike motors to support cyclists up to 25km/h. The motor won’t help a cyclist travel quicker.

The expanding number of e-bikes that provide pedal assistance exceeding 25km/h will require registration, insurance, and tax under pending law. Only licensed drivers can ride them.

Hildegarde Naughton, a transport minister, said more powerful e-bikes must be registered because they pose a risk to pedestrians. They can’t use pedestrian or bike lanes.

Catherine Murphy, co-leader of the Social Democrats, asked Ms. Naughton two parliamentary questions about high-powered e-bikes.

Ms. Naughton classed e-scooters as “powered personal transporters.” Before, they had to pay registration, tax, and insurance. Technicality not enforced.

In her Dáil reply, the Minister of State said, “My officers will study measures to simplify road traffic law enforcement for e-scooters in later legislation.”


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