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E-scooter Revolution: New Regulations for E-scooters Introduced in France

Electric scooters have become extremely popular across Europe. But at the same time, cities are finding it difficult to regulate their use following a spate of accidents. These two-wheeled vehicles, which can travel at speeds in a surplus of 50km/h (30mph), have been associated with hundreds of events and accidents, including numerous deaths.

The city authorities are now looking to implement “clear” and “binding” laws to prevent such unfortunate incidents across Europe. Regulators must determine if e-scooters are for pavements, cycle tracks or roads.

As the vehicles have small, electric motors to control them, it is becoming complex to settle the safest spaces for both users and bystanders. The e-scooters, which are now accessible in more than 100 cities everywhere in the world, have been overflowing streets since the start in current years of sharing systems comparable to the cycle hire projects.

There are, for instance, more than 15,000 e-scooters ready for hire on the roads of the French capital, Paris. In the German city of Cologne, officials anticipate as many as 40,000 users by the end of the year, according to the Deutsche Welle reports. The e-scooter vehicles are also gaining increasing popularity due to their low environmental impact compared with other forms of transportation.

How dangerous are the e-scooters?

An outburst in the demand of motorized scooters seems to have taken governments off guard, and companies that manufacture and provide e-scooters are not yet compelled to render certain safety features. Some e-scooters just have one brake and can be challenging to stop when traveling at fast speed.

From January 2018, the least of 11 deaths have been associated with the e-scooters in cities like Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, and London. Hundreds of individuals have been wounded in road traffic accidents involving the vehicles.

Some of the recorded incidents are as follows:

  • The first electric scooter fatality was recorded in June when a young man was struck by a lorry in Paris, France.
  • A 92-year-old woman was murdered when she was hit by an electric scooter user while strolling in the Spanish city of Barcelona last year in the month of August as reported by the Euronews website.
  • A 27-year-old man died in a crash in May while riding his scooter in a bicycle lane in Sweden
  • Another news reported that a popular TV presenter and YouTuber Emily Hartridge died after she was hit by a lorry while driving an electric scooter in London.

What are the laws followed in European cities?

The adoption of electric scooters in society as a mode of transport is allowed in many European countries, such as Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland.

But laws in the UK and Ireland ban them from sidewalks and roads. The only places they can be driven is on private land and that too with the consent of the landowner. Riders found using them in public in the UK suffer a £300 fixed-penalty notice and six points on their driving license.

Sweden has forbidden the use of any motorized scooters competent of speeds exceeding 20km/h from its cities’ bicycle lanes.

In Paris, fines of €135 ($151; £116) were recently introduced for riding electric scooters on pavements, and a €35 penalty is issued to users parking vehicles in doorways or blocking pavements.

France is also anticipated to give cities more control to improve scooter use later this year, but it was not clear what actions will be implemented.

A speed limit for the e-scooters has been presented in Belgium, where they can be driven by anyone aged 18 or above following the same laws as bicycles, although the country lately raised the speed limit from 18km/h to 25km/h.

In the Danish capital, Copenhagen, new laws are being considered to restrict the number of scooters that can be parked in designated areas of the city as reported by The Local.

Recent Change of E-scooter Rules in France:

France established new laws on e-scooters this week.

  • The battery-powered, motorized vehicles have been the topic of passionate discussion across Europe amidst reports of increased accidents.
  • The nation is now forcing a speed limit of 25 kilometers per hour on the e-scooters with a fine of €1500 for people holding e-scooters capable of a higher speed limit.
  • The latest reforms to France’s driving code include a minimum age of 12-years-old to drive an e-scooter.
  • The modifications also implement to hoverboards, segways, and “Solowheels”.
  • Other important changes involve a ban on multiple riders on e-scooters with a potential fine of €35 for carrying another passenger and banning motorized e-scooters from wandering on the sidewalk.
  • Germany approved e-scooters in May but also forbade them from traveling on the sidewalk. In the United Kingdom, it is unlawful to ride e-scooters on sidewalks, public streets or in cycle paths.
  • In France presently, if you drive on the sidewalk with an e-scooter, you will be imposed with a €135 fine.
  • People having these motorized private vehicles have until July 1, 2020, to guarantee their e-scooter has front and rear post lamps, mirrors, a type of bell and a braking system.

Intended to be an environmentally-friendly way of traveling around a city, the e-scooter following the laws by every means will be more beneficial for the riders and the e-scooter rental companies as well. 

Before you drop your e-scooters on the streets of European cities, make sure you know the latest laws in each city. Our research team can easily make you aware of the different rules imposed in various cities. We can accordingly help you with the business model and development of your e-scooter app. Connect with us to know more and ask for a free demo of the e-scooter app. 

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