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Stricter Rules ?: Debate over zero per thousand bound on e-scooters

2019-08-07T14:27:44.824Z

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Berlin (dpa) - E-scooters should be driven according to the will of the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach only completely sober.

"In order to avoid dangerous head injuries, a zero per mille limit should be reconsidered," wrote the politician on Twitter. Previously, he had spoken in an interview with the spark media group (Wednesday) for a tightening of alcohol limits.

Lauterbach justified his initiative with increasing accident numbers for e-scooter riders. Dealer and Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) did not care enough, it said in his tweet.

The Federal Ministry of Transport, on the other hand, sees no need for action to tighten the alcohol limit for users of e-scooters. This was made clear by a spokeswoman for Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) on Wednesday in Berlin. She referred to the applicable regulatory catalog.

The ADAC also rejected the advance of Lauterbach. "The ADAC sees a zero per thousand limit for e-scooter not as a solution to the problem," said the motorist club.

Instead, the users should be better informed: «The reason for the high number of alcohol offenses is the ignorance of many road users that e-scooters are classified as motor vehicles and thus already subject to strict alcohol limits.» The scooter providers were here in the duty, it said ,

For electric scooters, the same alcohol limits apply as when driving: Who drives with 0.5 to 1.09 per thousand - without alcohol-related abnormalities show - commits an administrative offense and receives a fine. From 1.1 per thousand there is a criminal offense.

Meanwhile, the state of Berlin wants to get the problem of the often criss-crossed on sidewalks e-scooter under control. For example, rental scooters should initially no longer be able to be parked in special locations such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, as Transport Senator Regine Günther (Greens) announced on Wednesday after talks with providers, the police and mayors of three districts. The lenders had promised to block the parking function for both zones from now on in their apps, said the mayor of Berlin-Mitte, Stephan von Dassel (Greens).

In addition, it was decided in the conversation that e-scooters in the future will not be turned off on the sidewalk, so Günther. At the start of the 2020 season, the Berlin districts of Mitte, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Neukölln want to identify new parking spaces, for example, existing car parking spaces are to be rededicated.

Tweet from Lauterbach

Source: zeit

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