Posted on Oct 30, 2019
France introduced new regulations on e-scooters this week, imposing a speed limit of 25 kilometres per hour on the vehicles with a fine of €1500 for people possessing devices capable of a higher speed limit.
France's driving code now specifies a minimum age of 12-years-old in order to drive an e-scooter.
Other key changes include a ban on multiple passengers on the vehicles with a possible fine of €35 for transporting another passenger and prohibiting motorised scooters from circulating on the pavement, a move likely to meet approval from the general public. In France now, if you ride on the pavement with an e-scooter, you will be liable for a €135 fine.
People owning e-scooters have until July 1, 2020, to ensure their vehicle has front and rear position lamps, reflectors, a type of bell and a braking system. Why there is such a lengthy lead-time on the new legislation is unclear.
Germany has also banned the vehicles from travelling on the pavement, and in the United Kingdom, it is illegal to ride e-scooters on pavements, public roads or in cycle lanes, which does not really leave many options.
The battery-powered, motorised vehicles have been the subject of heated debate across Europe amidst reports of multiple accidents, and a number of deaths. Many e-scooters are simply abandoned on the pavement when the rider has finished with them, causing obstructions for pedestrians.
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