One of Europe’s biggest electric scooter companies is planning to launch a “bleeper bike” style scooter scheme in Dublin.
Dutch company Dott already operate around 30,000 e-scooters across a number of major European cities, including Paris, Amsterdam, and Rome.
And after new draft legislation for e-scooters was published, the company say they are ready to roll out in Dublin and across Ireland.
Electric scooters have exploded in popularity in the past year and Transport Minister Eamon Ryan is to fast-track legislation to regulate e-scooters and e-bikes on our roads in the coming months.
But some local residents in North Dublin have previously expressed concerns over young kids whizzing around on e-scooters with a “claim on the brain”, referring to them as a “bloody hazard” and “an accident waiting to happen”.
“Our e-scooters make it easier to get around, reduce pollution and provide a great complementary service to public transport,” said Dott CEO Henri Moissinac.
“We are really happy to see that the Irish government is moving ahead with its plans to regulate the use of e-scooters on Irish roads.
“And we are excited at the opportunity to bring Dott’s best-in-class e-scooter technology that has been used in other European capitals to Dublin and beyond. “
The company also recently recommended a number of safety measures that could be implemented with the new legislation to Minister Ryan that have worked well in other cities, including:
a minimum age of 16 years
compulsory helmets for those aged between 16 and 18
an upper speed limit of 25 kph
a requirement for designated parking zones
a need for scheme providers to provide comprehensive insurance for riders
Dublin South-West TD John Lahart said previously that the coronavirus pandemic is the “perfect time” to introduce an electric scooter scheme.
Fianna Fail Deputy Lahart called for a scheme similar to Dublinbikes to offer Dubliners an alternative to using public transport in September.
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