There's zero gray area they are illegal unless taxed and insured and you are wearing a helmet and have a licence, as they are classed as powered two wheelers, the problem is that we have zero enforcement of most of our laws so this is ignored. What will happen is some poor person will get seriously injured by one and then the sh1t will hit the fan.
If one builds their own custom board, wouldn't it be possible to tweak it so that it requires an initial push by foot?
This would allow the board not to be considered a motorised vehicle, I guess?
If the board keeps going without your effort then no.
Cops aren't interested anyway. Does it really matter.
I'm not sure you are right on this.
Anyway, the gardai may not care today, but what if an accident occurs? One thing is that insurance is not required, a whole different story if it turns out one was riding without a mandatory insurance.
There's been a few previous threads on it.
the exemption applies specifically to eBikes only (and mobility scooters I guess) - other that that if it has a motor, it's a motor vehicle.
Until you hit somebody. Then the charges pile up.
Check your home insurance too. Lots of house fires have been attributed to the exploding batteries in cheapo ones.
About 10 years ago I bought an electric scooter in a Dublin shop.
The law, back then, said that if a vehicle's max speed was up to 25 km/h, then it didn't require insurance.
I wonder whether this exemption is still valid, as it would apply to many electric skateboards.
There is no grey area. A lack of enforcement is not a grey area.