A law regulating the use of electric scooters in Estonia will come into force in the New Year with penalties for speeding and obstructing parking
ETV news program "Aktuaalne Kaamera Nadal" (AK) reported Sunday night that the law defines scooters as a form of light travel and other similar vehicles including skateboards, hoverboards and even unicycles, are included in the same definition.
The law will address the safety issues surrounding the use of electric scooters, which have been familiar on the streets of Tallinn and other major Estonian cities since several companies began offering rental services to motorcycle users, pedestrians and other road users in the summer of 2019.
The top speed of electric scooters will be limited to 25 kilometers per hour but the law may require lower speeds near pedestrians, AK reported.
While the top speed for rental scooters is set at slightly more than 20 km/h.More powerful private scooters can go faster with some models reaching 100 km/h.
The law will also regulate parking and require parking to leave at least half a meter on the sidewalk to allow pedestrians to pass. There are stricter rules for wearing helmets and the new rules limit them to users under 16.
The speed of scooters is automatically restricted to certain locations in the old city and downtown areas including the Vabadusevaljak, causing the maximum speed to be significantly below the usual limit. It is working further with rental companies on its overall approach to planning transport in the capital, including where and whether to install cycle lanes, light traffic statistics and so on.