New Electric-Scooter Bylaw

SAL electric scooterYou see the blighters all over the place, whistling along on pavements and roads; electric scooters! Salobreña has changed a bylaw to control them!

There already was one in place but this year it has been updated with the changes coming into effect on the 1st of January. These changes were necessary because the Traffic Department (DGT) issued a nationwide law on their use, meaning that existing municipal-level bylaws had to be altered to conform with it.

Now, this form of transport cannot circulate using pavements nor pedestrian areas; i.e., pedestrian-only streets and squares, etc.

Users must obey all existing road regulations, just like any car or motorbike user, when travelling in town. However, unlike cars and bikes, they cannot be used on roads between towns (main roads or B roads), on main thoroughfares within towns, autovías nor autopistas. Furthermore, they cannot traverse tunnels within towns (subterranean passes).

Any infringement of the above will incur a fine of 200 euros.

The Chief of Local Police in Salobreña, José Antonio Martín, reminds parents whose children use them that they are not toys but vehicles capable of reaching speeds of 25kph.

He also pointed out that users do not need any documentation to ride one but that this situation is very liable to change.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  8 comments for “New Electric-Scooter Bylaw

  1. Christopher Baker
    January 11, 2021 at 1:37 am

    I don’t understand the problem, I don’t see the restrictions on electric bikes. They are enviromently friendly, as for the speeds they can be restricted

  2. Stevan Stanley
    January 11, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Need to be Legalised in the UK i only work 2 and a half miles from my home but have to use my car where a scooter would be much better it has lights back and front and a brake light

  3. Onochie Okonyia
    January 10, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Bicycles are a problem to us than e scooter don’t know why he government and the council are picking on e scooter owners any rules the government bring in should be for bicycles and e scooter there is no difference between the two. I am a e scooter owners I bought one to avoid crowd due to the virus

  4. Vincent
    January 10, 2021 at 8:27 am

    You are so right owning a expensive e scooter you are more like to be more responsible.
    Every one who ride a e scooter must wear a helmet and a hi vis .
    Light all round on the scooter

  5. Jay carstensen
    January 10, 2021 at 3:17 am

    What’s common sense??

  6. Chris Pamplin
    January 10, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I totally agree with everything you said.
    It’s a no brainier, I own my own scoter and look after it.
    Common sense 😀

  7. January 9, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Scooter owner: Readers know, I think, that cyclists are not my favourite flavour of the month, being somebody that has had to suffered them on the Cabra road for over five years. You are, therefore, preaching to the converted. 😉

  8. Scooter owner
    January 9, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Yet cyclists cause more road accidents than your willing to admit. Cyclists jump lights, cut in front of cars, think they don’t have to stop at pedestrian crossings, they carry no liability insurance just incase they cause an accident and are held responsible WHO PAYS FOR THE DAMAGES??? cyclists speed down sidewalks, in public parks where children and dogs play. Some cyclists have no lights on their bike, no safety gear, not lit up at night, no hands signals, AND PEOPLE WHO BUY THEIR OWN EXPENSIVE SCOOTERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE VERY RESPONSIBLE AND NOT LIKELY TO BE IIRESPONSIBLE AS MUCH AS PPL HIRING THEM OFF THE STREET. THAT’S JUST COMMON SENSE!!

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