Getting around safely and trouble-free

Mobility. Regulations come into force on the use of electric scooters, Segways, electric wheels and other PMVs as a way of controlling where they circulate, their speed and the minimum age for riders.

The new regulations for personal mobility vehicles (PMV) and cycles with more than two wheels came into force on Saturday 1 July. The regulations equip the city with pioneering rules to ensure trouble-free use of public space and promote sustainable and safe mobility.

The regulations apply to electric scooters, Segways, electric wheels and other devices, setting out where these vehicles can circulate. They also stipulate which vehicles should have insurance, which riders must wear helmets and the minimum age for their use, which will be 16 for normal use and 18 for people transporting others in authorised vehicles.

Vehicles affected by the new regulations are classified as follows:

–  Type A: Includes the smallest PMVs (small electric scooters, electric wheels and platforms).
Type B: Includes larger vehicles (large electric scooters and Segways).
Type C0: Includes cycles with more than two wheels, for personal use.
Type C1: Includes cycles with more than two wheels, used for commercial use or recreation.
Type C2: Includes cycles with more than two wheels, used to transport goods.

Based on the classification, type A vehicles can circulate on segregated and non-segregated bike lanes, curbless streets and public parks. If they are capable of travelling above 20 km/h they will also be able to circulate in one-way streets with 30 km/h speed limits. Type B vehicles will be able to circulate in the same places as type A, as well as streets with 30 km/h speed limits.

As for type C vehicles, the C0 sub-group will be able to circulate under the same conditions as bicycles; C1 vehicles will be able to use bike lanes (providing the lanes are wide enough), curbless streets and 30 km/h streets which do not form part of the city’s basic road network. The C2 sub-group will be able to use the same places as C1 vehicles, including public parks. They will also be allowed to use pavements more than 4.75 metres wide, but only to reach their end destination.

Specific routes and helmet use

The modification to the regulations on traffic circulation also sets out routes to be used by vehicles when operating for commercial use. The new text also recommends helmets to be used at all times and specifies its obligatory use for type A and type C vehicles providing a service to the public or operating commercially.

The new regulations, which may be more restrictive in districts with the highest density of PMVs, allows for fines ranging from 100 to 500 euros.

 

 

 

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