Several associations have pointed out that e-scooters particularly endanger disabled people, and demand consequences. The Chairman of the Berlin Disabled Association, Dominik Peter, demanded compulsory courses for all e-scooter drivers. "You can really do a lot with the scooters and I do not understand why you do not say: Before you can use it, you have four hours of practical training to highlight the dangers," said Peter.
In his view, the public space must be re-classified. "We now have a new group of people traveling in traffic," said Peter. Since you have to clarify how to integrate this group. In addition, the age limit is set too low. It is for e-scooter at 14 years.
The German Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired considers the previous regulations inadequate. Stephan Heinke, director of the Joint Technical Committee on Environment and Transport of the Association, said: "Public Order and police should be more consistent in their use and control." In addition, the current fines are "no real punishments." According to ADAC data, different fines are due costs about driving with an electric scooter on the sidewalk up to € 30. Driving without an operating license costs 70 €.
"Wheelchair users can not dodge so quickly"
Heinke said a big problem for the blind is that they can not see approaching e-scooters and therefore could not go aside. "A young girl from our association has already been jostled by a scooter driver in Berlin and also insulted because it has not avoided," says Heinke. "Even wheelchair users can not dodge so fast," said Dominik Peter. "Our members now feel very insecure in the city because the e-scooters are very fast on the sidewalks," he said.
Also the social association VdK expressed criticism. "For young children, for the elderly and for people with disabilities, the risk is highest and they often can not respond and jump aside as quickly as they need to," said VdK President Verena Bentele to the editorial network Germany . Introduce e-scooters on this large scale was thoughtless. It should be better controlled, who drives where with the scooters. And, "We're also calling for a 0.0 per cent limit on anyone driving e-scooters, and some are intoxicated, which makes things even more dangerous."
After reports of accidents involving e-scooters, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) called on the municipalities to enforce a more stringent approach. "In order to ensure the protection of the weaker road users at all times, we are dependent on the participation of the cities and local authorities," says a letter from Scheuer to the president of the German Association of Cities, the Mayor of Leipzig Burkhard Jung (SPD).
Electric scooters have been registered in Germany since June. Since then, several providers have made them available for rent in cities. The scooters are allowed to run fast between 6 and 20 kilometers per hour and must have a steering or handrail. Driving e-scooters on bike paths. If there is no, they have to get on the road.