The Latvian Government has incorporated electric scooters into the Road Traffic Law
On Thursday, 5 November, Saeima of Latvia supported the amendment of the Road Traffic Law in the first instance.Saeima news service told BNN that the amendments provide for the introduction of electric scooters into legislation.
As stated in the notes to the amendment, the current legislation in force in Latvia does not have road traffic rules for electric scooters.The authors of the amendment stress that as the number of electric scooters increases, so does the risk to road traffic safety, especially for pedestrians.
According to these amendments, it is planned to include in the law the definition of an electric scooter as an electric vehicle, with a maximum speed of not more than 25 km/h, a steering wheel or handrail mechanically connected to the steering wheel, and a pedal and foot support.
The plan is outlined in the law to allow people between the ages of 14 and 17 to drive electric scooters, as long as they have a driving licence of any kind.The draft legislation states that people over the age of 18 will be able to drive electric scooters without a driving licence.
There are also plans to include in the law a requirement to register electric scooters, which will be voluntary, similar to current bikes.It will be allowed to participate in road traffic with unregistered electric scooters.
As for the illegal behavior of electric ghost presses bed drivers, there are plans to impose administrative penalties, just as there are for bicycles.
The draft legislation also clarifies the rules applicable to cyclists.It is also planned to clarify the definition of transport vehicles, first stating that transport vehicles are equipment with a maximum speed of more than 6 km/h.Mopeds, tricycles and four-wheelers, as well as bicycles, will be defined in the law.
The authors of the amendment also propose expanding the exceptions for transport vehicles where a valid national technical inspection certificate is not required.
In order for the amendments to come into force, Parliament would need to approve them in the second and third trials.