Electric scooters have landed on our streets
Since they burst onto our city streets, incidents involving them and the legal uncertainty surrounding them have brought the topic of the PMVs into the news. The general perception is that they are dangerous but are we aware of their advantages and disadvantages, and the problems they bring or the legislation governing their use in cities? And do users really know they to use them properly?
In the New personal mobility systems in cities and the problems associated with their road safety report, drawn up in conjunction with the Spanish Highway Association, we analyzed the opinion of over 500 drivers, pedestrians and users regarding PMV, their legal framework, the latest accident figures and the problems arising in many cities with ensuring their harmonious relationship with other road users.
One of the main conclusions of our report is that there is a general lack of information about these vehicles. Therefore, with this report we want to clear up any concerns and emphasize two important points to bear in mind for a safe use of the PMV.
- A PMV cannot be used on the pavements. Urban personal mobility vehicles should only be used on streets or areas with reduced traffic (streets with 30 km/h limits), or on bicycle lanes separated from the rest of the motor vehicles or in areas specifically designed for them.
- PMV users should always wear a helmet. Our study reveals that in the majority of cases (65%) PMV users do not have any kind of bodily protection, including a helmet, which is only used by 3 out of 10 users.
The authorities also have plenty of work to do. They should be simplifying the legislation in all cities in order to make it as harmonized as possible and publicizing the rules to all users. Did you know that 4 out of 10 PMV users think they can ride anywhere?
Cáceres, Gandía, Barcelona and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are some of the cities which have already established advanced legislation on their use. We hope that the remaining cities will join this growing trend.
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