The head of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has warned consumers in the run up to Christmas that electric scooters remain illegal until new rules are introduced.

The Department of Transport is working on plans to introduce regulations to govern the use of e-scooters.

Officials told the Oireactas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport that they had received more than 500 submissions as part of a public consultation on the issue.

The submissions are being examined with a view to submitting a comprehensive report to Minister for Transport Shane Ross early next year.

The RSA published recommendations earlier this year which proposed that e-scooters should not be used on footpaths and should be limited to cycle paths or roads.

CEO Moyagh Murdock told the committee that the devices should adhere to a maximum speed of 20km/h.

She added that ideally their use should be curtailed to 30km/h zones.

But she stressed that the devices remain illegal until regulations are introduced and added that "buyer beware".

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Fine Gael Deputy Noel Rock called for legislation to regulate the use of e-scooters.

Fianna Fáil TD Mark MacSharry called for his his private members bill to amend existing legislation to allow for the use e-scooters to be introduced.