Relevant regulations on the use of electric scooters in Europe
More and more tourists who are traveling in Europe are starting to rent convenient electric scooters. Whether it is in Vienna, Barcelona, Rome or Paris, the rules for driving on the road are different in various parts of Europe. Travelers must understand the local rules in advance to avoid unnecessary disputes.
The age limit in different cities is usually different; only France and Germany have compulsory insurance; so far, the Netherlands has not yet allowed it.
Electric scooters are one of the streetscapes of European metropolises and are mainly used as shared rentals. However, there are many problems in daily use: such as violation of traffic rules, reckless driving, random parking, and sometimes collisions with pedestrians, resulting in serious accidents.
The German Automobile Club lawyer Peter Jacklin said that the problems caused by electric scooters are similar all over the world. Compared with Europe, the solutions targeted by each country are different.
Not allowed in the Netherlands
Electric scooters are almost everywhere in Europe. But there are exceptions, such as the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, electric scooters are similar to mopeds and therefore require a driver’s seat. Everyone knows that electric scooters drive standing up, so they do not comply with Dutch traffic rules and cannot be driven on the road.
Only Germany and France have compulsory insurance. So far, helmets are only required in Portugal. In most countries and regions, electric scooters are allowed to ride on sidewalks and bicycle lanes in pedestrian zones.
If you bring it with you when you travel, you must understand the country’s regulations in advance. For example, it is not allowed to carry scooters with German license plates.
Regulations applicable to Germany and Europe
In Germany, electric scooters are allowed to drive on motor vehicle lanes and bicycle lanes, and generally are not allowed to drive on sidewalks; only under special circumstances are they allowed to be used on sidewalks, and they have obvious signs. The use of scooters can be allowed from the age of 14 and does not require a test certificate or driver's license for mopeds.
The scooter can only be used alone and cannot carry children. A helmet is recommended, but not required. The limit of alcohol for drivers is 0.5ml per milliliter. In the event of a malfunction, the minimum alcohol is 0.3ml and for novices it is 0.0. Drunk driving is not allowed.