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New Legislation Proposed For E-Scooter Users

The new regulations are expected to come into effect in the next two months, following approval from the European Commission

Mandatory front and back lights, a 20 kilometre per-hour speed limit, and a minimum age limit of 16 will soon be introduced for e-scooter users in Ireland.

Junior Transport Minister Jack Chambers says those who don't comply with new electric scooter regulations, will be issued with a fixed charge notice. 

It's among the new laws being introduced in an effort to curb the number of people seriously injured or killed in incidents involving electric scooters.

Wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries are common among e-scooter users. However, nearly 40 percent of all e-scooter injuries are to the head or face.

At an international conference this afternoon, the RSA will hear how in Norway there are also strict no alcohol rules for those using scooters.

Liz O'Donnell, Chair of the Road Safety Authority, hopes there will be leeway to potentially add more to regulations in time, given the seriousness of e-scooter injuries:

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