Rules of Circulation for Electric Scooters

off road electric scooter for hunting – We all know that one of the great advantages of circulating with scooters, skateboards, electric unicycles, or Segway’s is that they are a non-polluting alternative transport. In spite of this, the lack of existing regulation for its circulation can create conflicts when driving these vehicles.


Currently, there is no legislation at the state level that establishes the rules of circulation for electric scooters, but it depends on the regulations of the municipalities and that in many cases they do not specify how and where they can circulate.

The DGT has recently published an instruction that specifies that users of electric scooters, Segway’s or electric scooters cannot be considered as pedestrians (which would exclude their circulation on the sidewalks) or categorized as motor vehicles, so they should circulate along the road whenever it is a matter of ways expressly authorized for it. The instruction also clarifies that drivers of such vehicles do not need a license or compulsory insurance, although the latter can be contracted voluntarily.

However, it is the municipalities that have the last word for the rules of circulation of Personal Mobility Vehicles (VMP) through their municipal ordinances, something that a priori is complex to write, since every day there are more users who use this type of vehicle to move, either for work or leisure. It is also worth mentioning the tourists, who are very passionate about using this type of vehicle.


A future Regulation for Off-Road Electric Scooters: Barcelona

In Barcelona, a city where these vehicles are widely used by both citizens and tourists, there have been small incidents forcing the municipal council to regulate its circulation.

This draft will take into account the technical characteristics of the vehicles (size, weight, speed or braking capacity, among others) to classify them into three categories, which are the following:

Monocycles of one and two wheels (electric) and electric scooters of small dimensions: they will be able to circulate exclusively by the bicycle lane, streets without slope for sidewalks and pedestrians and public parks have priority.

Electric scooters and Segway’s that reach 30km / h: must circulate in the bike lane. In pedestrian streets can circulate on the road.

Tricycles of a cargo of tourists or merchandise: they are allowed to circulate in a bicycle lane, limit streets at 30km/h, pedestrian streets and on the road in secondary streets.

In addition, said draft includes having a compulsory insurance for any electric vehicle if its use is intended for rental. The use of a helmet will also be mandatory in all cases.

Conclusions on the Regulations of Electric Scooters

At the moment, the majority of the big cities still do not have established by law regulations for their circulation, which supposes a “legal limbo” that allows circulating anywhere. Of course, always have to circulate responsibly and respecting pedestrians.


From believe that it should be regulated in a way that would not be harmed or users of electric scooters or pedestrians themselves, and not create confusion and problems when driving on the sidewalk with our electric scooter. For this, we consider that a good option would be to be able to circulate in the bike lane or limited areas at 30km / h, and thus be able to get out of the “current legal limbo”.

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