E-scooter will soon be allowed

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Many of the smaller E-scooters flit already through German cities – so far, however, illegal. That’s about to change thanks to a new regulation. The is but unfortunately typically German.


With a quiet whir you roll-over trails and roads, often with surprisingly strong acceleration. Bikes, cars and scooters with electric drive have threaded the traffic. After a long preparation, another E may soon vehicle on the road: the old scooter with a modern electric motor and battery. A corresponding “regulation regarding the participation of small electric vehicles on the road,” “the end of 2018 or no later than the beginning of 2019,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of transport.

Although the electric scooters are longer in the Parks or on bike paths around the flit. As well as Skateboards with the electric motor and the so called hover boards, with two lateral wheels. It is not allowed to you. Motor vehicles driving faster than six kilometers per hour, the need in Germany for public roads a licence and insurance. Both lacked.


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The Berlin police seized this year alone so far, more than 60 of the non-permitted electric vehicles. Driving a motor vehicle without a license is a misdemeanor, with a cost of 70 euros.

That should change now – however, the permission should apply only to the electric scooter. The other small electric vehicles remain prohibited. For the time being at least, as stated by the Ministry. The E-scooter in the future with up to 20 kilometers per hour to travel on cycle paths. There is no bike path, you need to Dodge on the road. Walkways are off-limits. Also, you need to be with a “steering tie rod”, two brakes, independent of each other, turn signals, and “a bright – sounding bell”. So it is in the more than 40 pages long regulation, which is present the German press Agency.

Small E-scooters are treated like mopeds

The little scooter also need an insurance plaque, similar to mopeds and small scooters, helmets are not required. The driver must be at least 15 years of age and have a Moped license or a driver’s license.

Use of the scooter, especially for shorter distances, such as from the apartment to the tram stop or bus stop or from the office to the shop a couple of streets away. In American cities, but also in Moscow, Paris and Vienna electric scooters spread in the meantime to Borrow. Similar to the bikes, car-sharing vehicles and electric scooters in major German cities. But, of course, private people can buy scooters, in order for the Baker to charge you home again.

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There is also criticism, especially on the extensive technical requirements. The TÜV Association welcomed the new legislation although, in principle, have been omitted, but the required compulsory insurance. Legally, the E-scooter of motor vehicles the same and would be prohibited in public transport. “Transportation-buses, S-trains, trams, and trains, but it should be possible in principle.” Also, Driving with the E-Skateboards and hover boards should be regulated by law. Also the Federal Association for emobility (BEM) keeps the realm of the technical requirements for the scope.


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The scooter spread on bumpy and crowded German bike paths, according to the new regulation, it must show in the next spring. And on of the police has given the beginning of the Christmas season are: For children, the electric scooter will remain prohibited.

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