An efficient and carbon- friendly transport mode tailor-made for the new socially-distanced normal, electric scooters are already an integral part of the transport mix in countries such as Germany and France which are easing restrictions with measured transport circulation.
We don't believe the Irish Government should wait any longer. We need action and would ask the Government to prioritise the introduction of this legislation as soon as possible.
Dublin City Council recently announced plans are set to be released to allow for social distancing in the city with footpaths being widened and new cycle lanes introduced.
This presents the perfect opportunity for the introduction of e-scooters. As we look across the Irish Sea, the UK is bringing forward e-scooter trials from next year to next month, and we must not be left behind here.
The Government also needs to radically rethink how we manage the traditional transport modes such as buses and trains to reduce clustering of commuters at peak times.
It is not realistic to caution the public to avoid busy, populated Luas and Dart carriages if there are no viable alternatives.
Cloud communication is revolutionising remote working and enabling Irish businesses to continue to service customers in a distributed way and survive the Covid-19 crisis.
In the same way, we need to better connect different transport modes to facilitate more efficient movement of people around our towns and cities through technological innovation and smart linkages.
We need greater diversification of transport modes and better integration and centralised planning.
E-payment systems for the use of e-scooters and other modes of transport around Dublin and Ireland will help us get the public moving again while limiting contact and halting the spread of Covid-19.
Equally, we need to innovate in terms of how we manage the social fabric of our cities.
The introduction of 'night mayors' as is common in Europe, to take ownership of night-time town planning is needed now more than ever within our country.
Staggered closing times for pubs, restaurants, cafés and venues will help return society to some form of normality and support economic recovery.
The freedom of movement that we once took for granted in developed economies like Ireland's - and that e-hailing taxi apps such as Free Now once promoted - no longer exists. The transport sector now must adjust to this seismic, unprecedented pandemic reshaping our society over the coming months and years.
The livelihoods of taxi drivers have been throttled virtually overnight, and they have adapted enormously in recent weeks by transporting frontline workers at half price and delivering medical supplies and food to vulnerable groups, among a host of other emergency-focused adjustments.
The Covid-19 crisis has the potential to act as a catalyst for a technological revolution in transportation and urban planning that will benefit all users and passengers in the long-term, but only with fresh, innovative thinking by regulators and policymakers in Ireland and around the globe.
In future generations, the year 2020 will undoubtedly be remembered as the year of Covid-19 and great suffering for many across the world - but hopefully also as a year which fostered the best of humanity's capacity to adapt and, with the right vision and ambition, a new and innovative way to manage transport and public movement across society.
Alan Fox is the regional general manager of Free Now Ireland, France and Portugal