Extra laws around the use of e-scooters "truly aren't necessary", according to transport commentator Conor Faughnan.
He was speaking as Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has decided not to set an age limit on using e-scooters on public roads.
The move is at odds with the Road Safety Authority (RSA), which wanted to include an age limit of 16 in the new Road Traffic and Roads Bill.
In an amendment to bill, the Government says: "Section 34 of the bill would make it an offence to supply a PPT [Powered Personal Transporter] to a person under the age of 16.
"It is proposed to delete this section from the bill.
"It would be unenforceable, as ownership of PPTs is not to be registered and there is no requirement for persons to carry proof of age in Ireland".
Conor told Newstalk Breakfast regulation will work better than any limit.
"There's a certain strangeness to this technology, they're new devices, and some of them are clearly inappropriate.
"There's a law before the Oireachtas that will regulate these devices.
"And what it will do is it will stipulate the correct maximum speed, a whole load of specifications which will be European-type approval specifications, which will mean that the devices will need to be proper road-worthy machines.
"But having done that, all these sort of extra laws that you could think up to apply to these things truly aren't necessary".
He believes they should be treated the same as bicycles.
"These things, which is new technology we need to legislate for, they look and function like bicycles.
"So they should follow the same rules and laws as bicycles.
"Now for bicycles we don't have a law that says youngsters can't use them.
"We also, incidentally, don't have a compulsory helmet law for bicycles - and that might be something we can consider for the e-bikes.
"But the whole thing is predicated around making them easy for everybody to use.
"So in that sense I think an age limit would have been bureaucratic, would have been difficult, would have been something of a challenge for the Gardaí.
"And I'm not sure - ultimately - it would have been much good to us, anymore than we would have considered it for bicycles".