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Rickshaws, tuk-tuk or moto taxis

Definitions, laws, use on roads and footpaths. 

This content is for general information only. It does not, and is not intended to, provide legal or technical advice or to represent a legal interpretation of the matters it addresses.

Frequently asked questions

What are the types of rickshaws, tuk-tuks or moto-taxis:Definition:

Pulled rickshaw

A type of human-powered transport where a person pulls a two-wheeled cart which seats up to two people.

Cycle rickshaw or pedicab

A type of human-powered transport where a person on a bicycle pulls a two-wheeled cart which seats up to two people.

Auto rickshaw, tuk-tuk or moto-taxi

A motorised version of the original pulled and cycle rickshaws commonly used as vehicles for hire.

Electric rickshaw, e-rickshaw or e-tuk-tuk

A three-wheeled vehicle pulled by an electric motor 650-1400 w

 

If a rickshaw or tuk-tuk is fitted with a small engine or electric motor of any kind including e-bike, it is essentially considered to be a mechanically propelled vehicle (MPV)

Under road traffic law, if an MPV is used in a public place it is subject to all of the regulatory controls that apply to other vehicles i.e., it must be roadworthy, registered, taxed and comply with the following regulations mentioned below:

SI 190 of 1963 - Road Traffic Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles Regulations 1963

SI 189 of 1963 - Road Traffic Lighting of Vehicles Regulations 1963

SI 5 of 2003 - Road Traffic Construction and Use of Vehicles Regulations 2003

*The above regulations are in original format and amendments can be viewed at Irish Statute Book.

The driver must have the appropriate driving licence and insurance to drive that vehicle.