MADRID – Spain will implement an important change in the regulations for electric scooters from 22 January, 2024. The Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) reports that from this date every electric scooter must have a certification to be sold and used.
This decision is in response to safety problems and incidents that have occurred in the past.
Black Friday purchases
With Black Friday and the holiday season approaching, many people may be considering purchasing an electric scooter. The DGT emphasises the importance of checking the certification of these vehicles. A list of the 106 models that currently meet the requirements is available on their website.
These new regulations have been introduced with a view to road safety and the protection of both drivers of electric scooters and other road users. The DGT wants to guarantee that the Personal Mobility Vehicles (VPMs) placed on the market meet minimum quality and sustainability standards.
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Recent incidents, such as the explosion of a scooter battery in the Madrid metro, have led to temporary bans on taking electric scooters on public transport in several Spanish cities. Also in Barcelona, where a similar incident took place, it is forbidden to use public transport with a scooter.
Recommendations for buyers
The DGT advises potential buyers to consult their website for information on scooter brands and models that have the certification. This way they can be assured that they are purchasing a safe and regulated product.
Essential characteristics of certified VPMs:
- Speed: Maximum 25 km/h, with anti-tampering systems.
- Braking system: Two independent brakes with minimal deceleration.
- Visibility: Mandatory reflectors and distinctive brake lights.
- Acoustic signal: Mandatory for all VPMs.
- Parking Stabilisation: Required for VPMs with less than 3 wheels.
- Wheels: Minimum diametre and specific surface properties
- Safely foldable: Double safety system against unintentional opening.
- Marking: Unique, permanent and visible identification.
- Identification carrier: Space for identification or registration label.
Popularity of e-scooters in SpainFurt
The increased use of electric scooters in Spain is a trend that fits in with a global movement towards more sustainable and flexible forms of transport. The popularity of electric scooters in Spain can be attributed to several factors. Think of urban mobility in busy cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Electric scooters offer a convenient solution for short distances and parking problems.
Furthermore, they are seen as a more environmentally friendly alternative to cars and mopeds. Tourists also see the convenience of electric scooters to explore a city. This has led to the rise of electric scooter rental services in many cities. Moreover, an electric scooter is relatively cheap to purchase, maintain and use compared to other means of transport. This makes them accessible to a large part of the population, including students and young professionals. They fit well with more flexible lifestyles and modern city life.
Yet there are also challenges and concerns, such as the aforementioned road safety and regulation of the use of these vehicles on public roads. With the certification requirements, DGT wants to provide an answer to this and improve safety and order in the increasing use of electric scooters in Spain.