Electric Scooters: What the new Mobility Regulations & Restrictions will be?
Updated: Mar 17
Electric scooters are one of the most comfortable and sustainable means of transport these days. They form a large part of the mobility sector in many cities in Spain and other countries around the world. Its design provides a lot of comfort when it comes to storing and transporting them. In addition, they give you easy access to any area.
Electric scooters are Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMV). They are defined as vehicles with one or more wheels (normally two), powered by an electric motor and for the exclusive use of only one person. The electric scooters are fast and comfortable vehicles, they are easy to carry and most importantly: they are eco-friendly and avoid traffic. This makes many users prefer the electric scooter over the other means of transport.
The number of users of electric scooters continues to increase, which leads to a need for regulations and limits on a state level regarding the speed of the scooters, with the aim of reducing risks both for its users, as for pedestrians and facilitate the coexistence of all means of transport.
Faced with this need for regulations, the General Directorate of Traffic (GDT) is working on establishing a series of instructions for restrictions and obligations of use and speed limits. The regulations will be consistent with those established by the European Union. Although electric scooters do not need authorization to circulate until now, their users have to meet some requirements and obligations, according to the GDT in their instruction.
Maximum Speed Limitation
One of the limitations regarding electric scooters, discussed by the GDT, is the maximum speed. The authorities of different European countries and cities are currently working on updated official regulations that will set the maximum speed limit for PMV. Some countries already have it. Mainly, the maximum speed limit of scooters varies from 25 to 35 km/h.
In Spain, the official updated regulations have NOT been released but there are already several informative documents. These documents do not have the legal power of the law, but give us an uncertain idea of what is going to happen. It is planned that for users of electric scooters to circulate through the city without a special administrative authorization, the vehicles must not exceed 25 km/h and the engine power must not exceed 1000W. The main reason for this limitation is to guarantee road safety for both users of electric scooters, as well as pedestrians and other vehicles on the roads. Users of vehicles that exceed these technical characteristics will have to obtain a special administrative authorization. The type of administrative authorization will depend on the maximum vehicle speed, engine power, vehicle weight, etc. Electric vehicles with motor power equal to or less than 4000W and/or maximum speed equal to or less than 45 km/h possibly in the future will require driving license of the AM class. However, currently there is NO official regulation applicable on this matter.
The limitation of the maximum speed of the electric vehicle does not mean that the power of the vehicle's motor must be reduced. Joyor will offer its users the option to limit the speed (in cases that can be modified) by installing a personalised controller that limits the speed but maintains the power of the vehicle, thus having the same ability to raise and support the same weights.
At this time in Spain there is NO restriction for electric vehicles with seats. However, there is a possibility that, in the future, if the electric scooter does NOT have a self-balancing system, it has a saddle and the scooter's seat is located at a height bigger than 540mm, users will need to obtain an administrative authorization. Electric scooters with saddles and a self-balancing system will NOT require an administrative authorization.
Other established regulations and recommendations for the use of electric scooters are:
The use of a helmet is recommended
The use of the mobile phone and headphones is not allowed while driving
Driving on sidewalks and pedestrian areas is not allowed
Registration is not required, but when stopped by a police officer the user may have to provide information about the manufacturer, the name of the brand, the model, the motor power, the chassis serial number, the date of manufacture and a photo of the vehicle
Until now no driving license is required
You should not drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs - users are required to undergo alcohol and drug testing. In case of refusal, the driver will be reported and his/her vehicle may be immobilized.
Electric scooters are vehicles designed for the exclusive use of one person
To drive at night, users must wear reflective clothing and have the electric scooter lights turned on
All these obligations and requirements seem an unsurpassed barrier for the users of electric scooters. But Joyor has several solutions for you!
All Joyor models have front and rear lights
Joyor has two models of helmets and other accessories that guarantee safety and comfort while using the electric scooter
Joyor has two options to reduce the speed of your electric scooter:
❏ Buy a personalised controller with previously limited speed
❏ Set up the screen and change the default speed limit value by following a few simple steps:
Step 1: Press the On/Off button to turn on the screen
Step 2: Press and hold buttons A and B (Mode button) at the same time for 2 seconds to enter the parameter setting interface
Step 3: Press button A to switch between parameter codes (P) until code P07 is displayed on the screen
Step 4: Press button B to change the parameter setting value. The default value is 25. To set the maximum speed limit at ≈ 25 km/h, set the value to 30.
Step 5: Press and hold button A and button B together at the same time for 2 seconds to save changes.
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