Friday, January 22, 2021

E-scooter owner wins fine of €125 but officials insist they are illegal

SourceThe Times

Joseph Loftus, a 23-year-old IT worker, said his fee was waived after he presented information from the Road Safety Authority. Mr Loftus’s e-scooter was confiscated in Dublin city and he was charged a 125 euro fine to get this e-scooter back.  He argued that it was not a mechanically propelled vehicle (MPV).

A MPV must be taxed, insured and can be driven only with a licence, but other vehicles such as e-bikes do not require insurance.

Information given to e-scooter owners has led to confusion over the vehicles, which have become popular among Dublin commuters. Dozens of the scooters have been seized in recent weeks, with owners required to pay a €125 fine .

Transport officials in the United Kindom insist that all types of e-scooters are illegal in public despite owners claiming they have conflicting information.


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Nelson is a writer for LooksDangerous and currently rides a Boosted Mini X, Exway X1 Pro and Segway ES2. Co-founder of dutch lobbygroup LegaalRijden, which focusses on legalizing ESK8 in the Netherlands.
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