Electromobility: Transport associations demand more safety for e-scooter drivers

Couple, drunk or on the sidewalk: Traffic organizations criticize how some electric scooters have been traveling in German cities for a month.


About a month after the approval of e-scooters, transport associations have drawn a first interim balance. At the same time, the German Road Safety Council and the ADAC demand better information on security risks.

From Berlin and other cities have been reported since the admission partly serious accidents, said Christian Kellner, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Council. "It shows how dangerous driving with e-scooters is and how much it is underestimated by some." In the education also the manufacturers and sharing providers are required, which could give via app or the e-scooter directly safety instructions. "Everyone needs to know how to drive with the vehicles and when, which accident risks exist."

More and more frequently carelessly parked e-scooters trip tripping on the sidewalks, criticized waiter. That and also that the vehicles are used in pairs, must be prevented.

Discussion about helmet duty

"If the accident situation continues to deteriorate and more people should be admitted to hospitals with head injuries and fractures, we have to think about wearing a helmet," said Kellner. "Then the federal government would have to adjust the regulation accordingly with the states."

According to police, there have been several accidents involving electric scooters on roads and sidewalks in recent weeks. So far at least seven accidents and at least eight seriously injured persons with broken bones and head injuries have been registered in Berlin. Frankfurt and Hamburg also reported a single-digit number of accidents, Munich has so far counted at least six. In Stuttgart, the authority initially no accidents were known. Numerous e-scooter drivers have already had to pay cursing fees. Often because they were drunk on the scooters, in pairs or on the sidewalk.

The aim of the grand coalition to reduce the number of those killed and seriously injured in traffic was, in addition to comprehensive information campaigns, infrastructural measures, said Kellner. Ways would have to be made safer and sufficient space for the unprotected road users to be created. So that you can safely arrive with e-scooters.

"The same strict rules apply as when driving a car"

A spokeswoman for the ADAC also pointed to increasing problems with the e-scooters. The Automobile Club appeals to users to behave responsibly, defensively and proactively. Drivers on the e-scooter are "defenseless". In the case of falls and accidents could lead to serious injuries. It is important to think in advance about the possible route and avoid routes without bike path as possible.

"E-scooters are motor vehicles, the same strict rules apply as when driving.", The spokeswoman said. This is especially true in relation to alcohol rides and in view of speed and danger also correct.

The ADAC considers it positive that individual lenders use their apps to provide additional safety information. "The commitment could, however, be significantly greater," said the spokeswoman. It is conceivable, for example, that rental companies and manufacturers offer training: "It is in the interest of manufacturers and distributors that there is no scooter chaos in our cities."

The e-scooters are allowed to run fast between six and 20 kilometers per hour and must have a steering or handrail. Also required are two brakes, lights and a "glowing bell". They are allowed from 14 years, a helmet is not there. E-scooters must cycle on cycle paths - if there is none, it must be avoided on the road. Used with reason the e-scooters could be a good supplement especially in the cities, so the ADAC.

ref: zeit