A Fine Gael TD has published a bill that seeks to clarify the legality of using electric scooters on the public roads here. He claims there are up to 1,000 currently being used in Dublin alone.

Noel Rock says the law as it stands is grey around whether or not electric scooters are permissible.

Electrically powered scooters look a lot like the physically powered equivalent loved by many children.

But they feature a small electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery that can independently propel the scooter at speeds of up to 30 kilometres per hour for up to 50 kilometres.

The devices are growing in popularity here and around the world as a means of travelling the last segment of a journey.

But users here complain that the law isn't clear about whether it is legal to use them on the public road or not without a license, tax and insurance.

An Garda Siochana says it considers electric scooters as mechanically propelled vehicles under road traffic law, meaning you must have a licence, tax and insurance to ride one on the road.

They have reportedly cautioned and even confiscated electric scooters from users who have been using them on public roads here.

But the Department of Transport told RTE News that if they don't have a seat they don't need to be registered under regulations governing taxation.

And so Noel Rock, Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, has published a bill that would amend the road traffic legislation specifically preventing electric scooters from being designated mechanically propelled vehicles.

If passed by the Oireachtas he said the bill would provide certainty to an otherwise grey area for those using the electric devices.

He estimates that there are up to 1,000 electric scooters in use in roads around Dublin City, with many used by commuters because they are light, quick and portable.

Mr Rock says he hopes the Bill could begin its journey through the Houses of the Oireachtas as early as next week.