The article here on the La Voz de Almería site has details of new rules on the use of electric scooters that apply from today.

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Are you going on an electric scooter? For all this you can be fined from this Saturday

They are already considered from today vehicles "for all purposes"

Changes are coming to electric scooters. Vehicles for personal mobility, among which are scooters, are considered from today vehicles "for all purposes" and will not circulate on sidewalks, as indicated by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) in a statement.

Thus, their drivers will be subject to the same maximum rates of alcohol allowed by the Road Safety Law, as well as the prohibition of driving with the presence of drugs in the body. They may not wear headphones, or use their mobile or any other device while driving.

Likewise, they are prohibited from driving on interurban roads, crossings, highways, highways or urban tunnels.

New regulation

These developments are due to the entry into force this Saturday of the Royal Decree that modifies the General Vehicle Regulations and the General Traffic Regulations, which were approved by the Council of Ministers on November 10.

According to the DGT, a personal mobility vehicle is considered to be one that has one or more wheels and is equipped with a single seat and is powered exclusively by electric motors that can provide the vehicle with a maximum speed by design ranging between 6 and 25 kilometers per hour.

In order to avoid putting any device into circulation on public roads, personal mobility vehicles must have the corresponding certificate of circulation that certifies that the vehicle complies with the technical requirements of application in accordance with national and international technical regulations.

The General Directorate of Traffic is preparing a manual with the technical characteristics that these vehicles must meet to be put into circulation, their classification, the test processes for their certification and the mechanisms that will be used for their easy identification. The publication of the manual by Traffic will take place in the coming months.

The Director General of Traffic, Pere Navarro, has indicated that a first regulation has been made of some vehicles that have burst into cities and are part of the urban mobility ecosystem, "to continue in the near future with a new regulations that regulate more aspects such as the age to drive them, the use of helmets or reflective vests ".

New speed limits

The DGT has also pointed out that the new speed limits on urban roads will come into effect in the month of May. Thus, the speed on roads with a single carriageway and sidewalk platform will be limited to 20 kilometers per hour, 30 km / h on roads with a single lane per direction of traffic and 50 km / h on roads with two or more lanes by direction of traffic.

The reduction in speed is based both on the new mobility and road safety policies of the cities, in which the vehicle has to share space and coexist with motorcycles, bicycles, personal mobility vehicles and pedestrians, and by the demand that many Cities have made the DGT carry out a regulatory change that allows them to adequately develop the new city models.

This modification, which was approved on November 10, will not come into effect until May 11 to give local administrations a period of time to adapt the signage and make the necessary changes required by these limits.