by David Abrahams on 30 May 2019
This week's top three: New e-scooters regulations in Austria, there are now more EV charging points than petrol stations in the UK, political pressure builds in Ireland for legalisation of e-scooters.
An amendment to the Road Traffic Act which regulates the use of electric scooters is set to enter into force on 2 June. Under the new rules, scooters will have to comply with new product safety standards, and users will not be allowed to drive on pavements or pedestrian crossings. The law also makes riding whilst using a mobile phone an offence, as well as riding above the legal alcohol limit.
Data from Zap-Map, a website which charts all of the public electric vehicle charging points in the UK, shows that, for the first time, EV charging points are more numerous than petrol stations. The figures show 8,471 charging points, compared to 8,400 petrol stations. The number of EV charging points has increased by 57% in the last 12 months, and analysts have predicted that there will be at least one million EVs in use in the UK by 2022.
Fianna Fáil, the main opposition party, has introduced a Bill setting out guidelines for the safe use of electric scooters. The Bill, drafted by Robert Troy TD, removes the requirement for electric scooters to be taxed and insured by changing the definition of mechanically propelled vehicles so that electric scooters are not included. The Bill also sets a maximum speed limit of 25km/h. Ireland's Road Safety Authority is currently researching regulations in other European countries, and the Government has said that no regulations will be forthcoming until the RSA's investigation is complete.
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David’s is an experienced public affairs practitioner with a background in competition regulation and a particular focus on technology, mobility, telecoms and internet infrastructure. He leads Inline's mobility practice.
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