The first thing we want to leave you this video where it explains very well everything that needs to know about the new law for electric scooters.
Like many other municipalities in Spain, the Consistory of Malaga is awaiting the definitive approval of the Royal Decree on Personal Mobility Vehicles (MPVs) to regulate the traffic of electric scooters.
In this regard, the director of the agency of the Ministry of the Interior, Pere Navarro, has expressed his intention to prohibit such vehicles and bicycles from parking on sidewalks. In more detail, the regulations already finalized will restrict the riding of a scooter on the sidewalk and establish a maximum speed for these means of locomotion of 25 kilometers per hour.
Taking as a parameter these provisions, the City of Malaga is prepared to implement the new regulation of motorized traffic in the city, including the new phenomenon of electric scooter, a new vehicle incorporated into the park of mobility and daily circulation. No one can deny that today electric scooters have largely changed urban mobility.
The Consistory has already announced that it will carry out the new decree of the DGT, which includes, among other aspects, the following restrictions:
-One of the main innovations of the regulation is that all drivers (including those who drive electric scooters) will have to pass a blood alcohol and drug control, as will the rest of the drivers of other vehicles.
-To avoid distractions that lead to traffic accidents, it will be forbidden to drive with headphones or use the mobile phone.
-You may not drive on the sidewalks, in order to avoid hit-and-run pedestrians. In view of this disjunction, electric scooter drivers must travel the appropriate bike path. There is an exception: only if the corresponding lane is not available, the scooter may travel on the sidewalk or through certain spaces reserved by the City Council for riding with scooters.
-Users of the electric scooter, of course, will be required to have a traffic certificate with the characteristics of the vehicle. And have at least third-party insurance that covers possible claims that may cause this type of means of locomotion (hit-and-run…)
-The speed that cannot be exceeded is set at 25 kilometers per hour.
-As a curiosity, keep in mind that all scooters must carry a QR code so that police officers can verify compliance with the regulations regarding speed and avoid rigged scooters.
According to Pere Navarro, «the sidewalks are for pedestrians, for those who go in wheelchairs and for parents who wear chairs.» Therefore, in order to improve the traffic of pedestrians, the new standard will set the removal of parking spaces for cars in favour of scooters, bicycles and motorcycles.
For and against
The new rules that are intended to be applied are not content to everyone, of course. Several associations of users of Personal Mobility Vehicles have already expressed their way (including in Malaga) to denounce the «wrong» regulation that the DGT has developed on this type of transport.
Users of electric scooters, who claim the use of this type of vehicle as a sustainable alternative to cars, regret that the standard set by the public body makes the use of scooters «unworkable», since it delimits the use of most models that are market, especially those exceeding 25 km/h, which are a few.
Protesters have said that scooters «are not toys, as the DGT has considered them.» This has been forced to move along the sidewalks, which has led to conflicts with other pedestrians for putting their safety at risk. They report that there is still no national rule that encourages responsible use of alternative vehicles, such as electric scooters.
They don’t pollute and are more sustainable
According to Malaga users of this type of transport, «if common safety standards are established», scooters can, like other means, travel on the bike lanes and the roadway. In defence of scooters, their advocates emphasize that they are electric vehicles «with a price available to everyone, with the lowest energy consumption. They are a great solution to the problems of pollution, noise and congestion in cities.» They advocate for speed, sustainability, accessibility, savings and entertainment.
The DGT appears to be wrong, because according to these associations, the public body considers that they are only used for short use. The truth is that they are increasingly used as an alternative to the car or bus for distances that exceed five kilometers away.
There is no shortage of detractors who denote the use of the scooter within the usual car park around the city by the recklessness of their drivers, as well as the abandonment of scooters on public roads or the speed they can reach. A good portion of those who drive electric scooters also do not wear a helmet and wear headphones while driving.
In addition, accidents involving these types of vehicles also do not help to encourage unrestricted use. Last September an individual in charge of an electric scooter ran over a minor two years old at Pier One in Malaga.
Statistics don’t deceive
If we take the city of Malaga as an example and compare the use of the private car and the electric scooter, we will check the advantages of using this last means of locomotion. Generally, the cost of scooters ranges from about 0.15 euros per minute, which means that a 10-minute ride costs about 1.50 euros.
Apart from these considerations, one of the intentions that the Malaga City Council wants to carry out is to limit the proliferation of electric scooter rental companies for tourists, especially. In Malaga there are currently eight companies and more than 1,400 devices spread throughout the city. That’s said soon.
In this regard, the Councilor for Mobility of the City of Malaga, José del Río, has already announced that the municipal officials were angry about this matter and that they should plant «drastic measures» against the scooter companies to tackle the oversupply.