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Electric Scooters, Regulations for 2024

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2022 Electric scooters: this is how they will be in 2024

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
Electric scooters: this is how they will be in 2024
“The manual of technical characteristics will help reduce the number of claims”, Jorge Ordás DGT

New scooters and other personal mobility vehicles (VMP) must be certified to circulate. This is stated in the Manual of technical characteristics of the VMP published by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), which establishes the mandatory equipment for these vehicles to legally circulate on the road –braking systems, lights, reflectors… (see infographic )–.

From January 2024 when all the brands and models that exist in the market must be certified according to this new standard. This, in addition, grants a moratorium to scooters and other non-certified VMP, which may continue to circulate until January 2027.

“Personal mobility vehicles are a reality in our cities and contribute positively to sustainability, but we must ensure that they do so in safe conditions. The Manual of technical characteristics will help reduce the number of accidents”, explains Jorge Ordás, deputy director general of Mobility and Technology Management of the DGT.

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MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
Electric scooters: this is how they will be in 2024
“The manual of technical characteristics will help reduce the number of claims”, Jorge Ordás DGT
Carlos NICOLAS FRAILE
23 MARCH 2022

New scooters and other personal mobility vehicles (VMP) must be certified to circulate. This is stated in the Manual of technical characteristics of the VMP published by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), which establishes the mandatory equipment for these vehicles to legally circulate on the road –braking systems, lights, reflectors… (see infographic )–.
It will be from January 2024 when all the brands and models that exist in the market must be certified according to this new standard. This, in addition, grants a moratorium to scooters and other non-certified VMP, which may continue to circulate until January 2027.
“Personal mobility vehicles are a reality in our cities and contribute positively to sustainability, but we must ensure that they do so in safe conditions. The Manual of technical characteristics will help reduce the number of accidents”, explains Jorge Ordás, deputy director general of Mobility and Technology Management of the DGT.

Quality
In addition, this manual details other characteristics that are also mandatory, related to the quality of VMPs –structural integrity, electromagnetic compatibility, resistance to humidity, protection of the battery against high temperatures…– and requires the performance of different quality tests. in authorised laboratories to obtain the corresponding certification of the models that pass this procedure.
“We are concerned about the quality of this type of vehicle. The citizen has to know what he buys. For this reason, the Manual also establishes minimum requirements that must be guaranteed,” adds Ordás. These requirements have been adopted in agreement with the manufacturers:
“There was a huge legal vacuum; this Manual helps us build trust in the client,” says Marta Sureda, spokesperson for Tromber. “This new regulation creates a quality standard that did not exist before. It will increase the safety of these vehicles,” says David Verdoy, spokesman for Cecotec. “A regulation like this helps us increase security mechanisms so that our users feel safer and have less risk of accidents,” explains Natalia Ares, a Xiaomi spokesperson.
For their part, the VMP user associations give a different opinion: “There is already a European standard; this standard is not necessary, it only puts barriers in the market and an expiration date for hundreds of thousands of vehicles”, says Antonio Gómez, spokesperson for the Spanish Federation of MP Vehicle User Associations (FEVEMP).

just like the rest
This new regulation of the technical characteristics of VMPs completes the regulations in force since January 2021 that equated their drivers to other drivers and established a speed limit of 25 km/h, as well as the prohibition of driving on interurban roads and along city sidewalks. In 2020, the last year for which complete data is available, the DGT recorded eight users of personal mobility vehicles who died in accidents, 97 seriously injured and 1,097 slightly injured, as explained in the report on pages 60 and 61 of this number.

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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