The DGT will regulate the use of electric scooters
The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) will regulate in the Vehicle Regulations the use of electric scooters that are proliferating especially in cities. The regulations are
The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) will regulate in the Vehicle Regulations the use of electric scooters that are proliferating especially in cities. The regulations will be introduced previously through the reform of the Road Safety Law in which we are already working, but it will not be in force until the corresponding regulation is developed.
This has been stated in statements to Efe the general director of Traffic, Pere Navarro, after participating in a conference on mobility plans organized by the Pons Foundation and the National Congress of the Environment (CONAMA). The dependent body of Interior had already been favorable to the measure weeks ago.
"All city councils have asked us to give legal coverage to the urban mobility vehicles that are appearing, that we recognize them as it is," he explained. He added that they will be regulated "so that they have a certain legal personality" although he has specified that "very basic rules will be given". "They are asking us to classify them in order to facilitate that they can make their own regulation and that is what we are doing, because we have to do it," he said.
And is that these new personal mobility vehicles (VMP) do not stop proliferating, especially in large cities with greater physical and environmental pressure on traffic. In fact, this Friday is scheduled a meeting between the City Council and the 12 rental companies of electric scooters that have disembarked or want to do so in the capital.
The irruption has been so fast that it has not given time to regulate its use and if, for example, they must circulate on the sidewalks (with the consequent inconvenience and danger for pedestrians) or they can share the road with the rest of the vehicles.
For example, Barcelona issued a standard in 2017 that equated them with bicycles, an issue rejected outright by users of bicycles.
Meanwhile, in Valencia it will be allowed to circulate on bicycle lanes, cycle lanes and residential areas at 30 km / h. It will require that they bring light, bell and nevertheless the helmet will not be obligatory. Even in this section there is divergence. In Barcelona it is for the largest VMPs. Also for the segway destined to tourist routes and the rental scooters. In Madrid there would be obligation in the first, but not in the second. In the capital the minimum age to use electric scooters is 15 years. In the rest, 16. They can be used by minors under supervision in controlled spaces. The headphones are prohibited in all cases.