Three leading disability organisations are calling for e-scooters to be banned on footpaths.
The NCBI, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the Irish Wheelchair Association are urging Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to protect pedestrians with access needs.
Yesterday, the Minister unveiled his strategy for electric charging vehicle infrastructure which includes developing new hubs where people can charge electric cars, bikes and scooters.
But the three charities say e-scooters should be banned on footpaths.
The charities also want to see age restrictions on e-scooter users and low maximum speed limits.
We, along with @irishguidedogs & @IrishWheelchair, are urging Minister for Transport @EamonRyan to take action with e-scooter legislation to protect #pedestrians with #access needs before it is too late ➡️https://t.co/ctmRnd9gAq#DisabilityAwareness #AccessForAll #inclusive
— NCBI (@NCBI_sightloss) January 19, 2023
The groups also highlighted recent research by Dublin City Council, which shows 73% of people identified "Danger to other road users" as a negative aspect of e-scooters and 59% said there should be specifically designated parking for e-scooters.