In the discussion about the use of electric scooters, the deputy leader of the SPD parliament, Karl Lauterbach, has brought a zero per thousand limit for the use of electric scooters into the game. The currently valid alcohol limits were not sufficient in view of the rapidly increasing accident numbers, the health politician told the newspapers of Funke media group. "For e-scooters, we should consider a zero per thousand limit." Currently, the usual alcohol limits apply as for motorists.
Also the union of the police (GdP) demands stricter requirements. "In the e-scooter, the policy has forgotten crucial security standards," said the GdP Federal Chairman Oliver Malchow also the spark newspapers. E-scooters would need to be urgently equipped with turn signals. "The policy should prompt manufacturers to retrofit."
"Scouring no longer feels responsible"
Electric scooters are approved since the middle of June for road traffic in Germany. Since then, several providers have been making the small vehicles available for rental in several cities. The scooters may travel up to 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.
The German Association of Cities bothers especially at the game park of e-scooters. "The providers have to make sure that the vehicles do not stand around everywhere and in some cases impair or hinder others," said General Manager Helmut Dedy to the RND. "We need clearer rules that must be binding."
"We should not pull the fun brake again"
Meanwhile, stakeholders of disabled people called for compulsory courses for all e-scooter drivers. "Our members now feel very insecure in the city, because the e-scooters are very fast on the sidewalks," said the chairman of the Berlin Disabled Association, Dominik Peter.
Others, such as acting SPD chairman Malu Dreyer, oppose over-regulation. "Cities like Israeli Tel Aviv show that it can work," said the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister to the spark newspapers. "On the one hand there are legal regulations and on the other hand the possibility that the cities conclude binding agreements with the rental companies, when and where the scooters can be rented and used.
The second municipal umbrella organization, the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, is also relaxed. "Of course, there are problems, as we have come to know in the advent of rental bikes and e-bikes, but these conflict issues are solvable," said chief executive Gerd Landsberg the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung . "This mode of transport is popular with young people, and tourists also like to use it, so we should not pull the fun brake on the e-scooters in Germany."