The City Council of Valencia, which after a moratorium has already begun to fine those who fail to comply with the ordinance regulating the traffic of Personal Mobility Vehicles (VMP), allows the transit of some scooters through the pedestrian streets and through the bicycles-sidewalks or lanes Bike.
Since June 8th, the Mobility Ordinance of Valencia has been in force, which, among other aspects, equates electric scooters with bicycles, but adds some additional prohibition. For starters, the standard sets four models of electric scooters (A, B, C1, C2) depending on their power.
The most common models are the first two. Type A encompasses all light and smaller scooters (up to 25 kilos) For its characteristics reach 20 kilometers per hour. Such vehicles can drive through pedestrian streets without lanes at a top speed of 10 km/h, similar to that of a person on foot. If you do this on the bike path, at 15 km/h, and if you travel along a bike path that runs along the roadway the limit is set at 20 km/h.
Mandatory helmet for the larger
The most common vehicles are not required to have a bell and lights (although they are recommended), while the helmet only has to be worn by larger scooters. As is the case of class B, whose weight exceeds 15 kilos and are larger. They are allowed to drive in the same areas and conditions as type A scooters, except in pedestrian areas, where they are prohibited.
Gdpr traffic on sidewalks, the pedestrian’s exclusive preserve, is also restricted. Pedestrians on pedestrian crossings marked with road markings have absolute priority of passage. Only children under 8 years of age who are accompanied by an adult on foot may travel on the sidewalk, at a speed similar to that of passers-by.
If an electric scooter or bicycle driver needs to board the sidewalk, they can do so if they disassemble the vehicle first and travel with it in hand to their destination or parking spot. In this way it acts as a pedestrian and is equated to the pedestrian.
However, on the bike lane the priority for riding is the bicycles and electric scooters on pedestrians. In addition, this type of two-wheeled vehicles enjoy preference over those that drive in the cyclestreets; that is, the sections of the road that prolong a cycling route, without segregation through the bike path, because there is not enough width. Places, in short, where they are forced to share the same space. In such places, the maximum speed is set at 30 km/h.
More types of VMP
Along with electric scooters, the new ordinance of the capital of Turia also regulates the traffic of other types of motorized urban mobility vehicles that have become fashionable, whether or not they are bicycle or motorbike. They are the cases of the electric unicycle, hoverboad or segway, increasingly frequent on the public road and already part of the vehicle park of many large cities. To be able to use them on the street it is required to have reached 16 years of age.
Another novelty to take into account that the Valencian ordinance includes is the obligation of users of electric scooters to take out liability insurance with coverage in case of accident for damage to third parties or materials. Only one person (whoever drives it) can be mounted on them, and they will always drive on the right.
Fines up to 500 euros
Violating the precepts marked by this ordinance is punishable in the form of heavy out-of-pocket fines. Scooters that travel recklessly or exceeding by 50 the maximum permitted speed are punishable by the most severe penalty: 500 euros.
That is, if the scooters also endanger other users who are on the track, if their drivers are positive about drug control, or for example lack compulsory liability insurance, the fines to be applied will be onerous.
From the Consistory of Valencia it has been stated that the new rule follows the recommendations established by the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) At this point, what does the agency that depends on the Ministry of the Interior raise?
The DGT enters the scene
The new Royal Decree in which the DGT works limits to 25 kilometers per hour the speed at which electric scooters can travel in their proper lanes. It also forbids them to circulate on the sidewalk. Giving priority at all times to the pedestrian.
The DGT proposal states, among other parameters, that drivers will be able to drive without the need for a driver’s license, but will be obliged, if required, to undergo alcohol and drug checks like other drivers.
It also catalogues the kinds of electric scooters that can walk the streets. This list differs mainly between two types of electric scooters: A and B. The former reach a top speed of 20 km/h and can weigh up to 25 kilos. Class B models can reach up to 30 km/h and their weight does not exceed 50 kilos.
The City Council of Valencia has already done its homework and the city has its own ordinance. But the DGT standard is of higher rank and should be taken into account in the case of a possible legal vacuum that does not cover the first one.
Although from the national body itself it has already stated that it must be the Consistory themselves who must approve municipal regulations regarding the regulation of the traffic of electric scooters and other personal mobility vehicles Motorized. The hot potato is on his roof.
Same car parks as bikes
When equated to a bicycle, privately owned VMP vehicles in Valencia will be able to park in the spaces dedicated to the bike parking; that is, next to elements of urban furniture but not for more than 72 hours in the same place; however, trying not to damage the element next to it or alter its function (street lamp, pole…) However, in the trees they will not be able to hold. If not, fine singing.