Electric scooters can be modified three times faster than in Norway
It was a brief but stark reminder that European police take electric scooters very seriously when it comes to the speed at which they travel on roads and bike lanes.
We're talking about small scooters, which you can also rent from a variety of mini mobility, ride-sharing services.
For electric two-wheelers, whether e-bikes, scooters, American legislation is looser.In the European Union, e-bikes can travel no faster than 25km/h (15.5mph), while Norway's scooters are limited to 20km/h (12.4mph).
Police in Oslo, Norway, impounded an electric scooter that was traveling almost three times faster: The Guardian reported that the arrests were made last week, when police arrested two riders on suspicion of speeding.They found that one of the scooters had been modified and was now able to reach speeds of 58km/h (36mph).The items have been confiscated and the owners are facing prosecution, but police have not said what charges will be brought against them.
According to the same report, the Norwegian Public Road Authority is working with the police to implement a control plan aimed at improving safety on public roads.So while it is easy to assume that European authorities are sucking all the fun out of electric scooter, the immediate problem is safety.
Like other European cities and many in the United States, Norway is dealing with the problem of renting electric scooters because of congested roads.As electric-scooter sharing schemes have increased, the number of reported injuries has soared, either because riders are inexperienced or because of the way they ride (which usually involves speeding).
A recent initiative in the UK has only partially legalised electric scooters on public roads. The aim is to include "smart" scooters, which shut themselves off on pavements or when cyclists walk past.
These two-wheelers are only available for ride-sharing and are not privately owned.