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    Are Electric Scooters

    Legal?

    Since the classification of Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) is relatively new, many countries have yet to pass e-scooter specific regulations.

    In fact a large majority of countries are regulating e-scooter usage by allotting them the same liberties as bicycles. For instance limiting their usage to bike lanes or roadways and prohibiting them from sidewalks. Other countries, like the UK, have banned them outright and give the strictest of provisions. Each country has a specific set of regulations around e-scooter usage or non-usage. Below is a chart that provides a quick overview of the European countries (Including Israel and the UK) and their respective e-scooter legislation. To get more specific information please check with local laws for your respective country. 

    "A large majority of countries are regulating e-scooter usage by allotting them the same liberties as bicycles."

    Key:

    N/A = Countries in yellow or marked N/A dignify that no legislation in this country has been passed regarding the legality of e-scooter usage OR legislation regarding electric scooter usage is in progress. 

    NL = Countries in red or marked NL signify that e-scooters are illegal and legislation has been passed to dignify their illegality

    L = Countries in green or marked L signify that e-scooters are legal on the streets

    Albania

    N/A

    No Laws

    Andorra

    N/A

    No Laws

    Armenia

    N/A

    No Laws

    Austria

    L

    Limited to bike lanes

    Azerbaijan

    N/A

    No Laws

    Belarus

    N/A

    No laws

    Belgium

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Bulgaria

    L

    Limited to bike lanes

    Croatia

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Cyprus


    Legislation in process Ride sharing requires 18+ YO

    Czech Republic

    L

    Limited to bike lanes

    Denmark

    L

    Limited to bike lanes

    Estonia

    N/A

    Legislation

    Finland

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    France

    L

    Must be 12YO and cannot ride on pavement

    Georgia

    L

    Must be 14YO can ride on pavements, roads, and bike lanes

    Germany

    L

    Limited to bike lanes and roads must be 14YO 

    Great Britain

    NL

    Can only be used on private land

    Greece

    L

    Helmets are mandatory

    Hungary

    N/A

    Legislation in progress

    Iceland

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Ireland

    N/A

    Legal gray area

    Israel

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Italy

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Kazakhstan

    N/A

    No laws

    Latvia

    N/A

    No laws

    Liechtenstein

    N/A

    No laws

    Lithuania

    L

    Additional laws in progress

    Luxemburg

    N/A

    No laws however they are permitted 

    North Macedonia

    L

    Permitted on roads

    Malta

    L

    Permitted on roads

    Moldova

    N/A

    No laws

    Monaco

    NL

    Not legal

    Montenegro

    N/A

    Legislation in progress

    Netherlands

    L

    Legal within specific guidelines

    Norway

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Poland

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Portugal

    L

    Bike lanes and helmets required

    Romania

    L

    Must be 14YO; bike lanes only

    Russia

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    San Marino

    N/A

    No laws

    Serbia

    N/A

    Legislation in progress

    Slovakia

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Slovenia

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Spain

    L

    Cannot ride on pavement, circulation certificates & insurance needed, must wear reflective vests

    Sweden

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Switzerland

    L

    Same laws as bikes

    Turkey

    N/A

    No laws

    Ukraine

    N/A

    No laws

    Regulation and legislation measures vary internationally. In many countries where legislation has not yet passed, e-scooters are technically illegal. Europe has widely legalized e-scooter usage whereas places like Jakarta, Singapore, and Shanghai, still ban scooter usage on roads and pavements entirely. Paris, for instance, has banned riding and parking e-scooters on pavements whereas other cities, like Sweden, Italy, Switzerland allow it. There are a lot of question marks around e-scooter usage and ownership given the diverse landscape of legislation from country to country.

    "There are a lot of question marks around e-scooter usage and ownership given the diverse landscape of legislation from country to country."

    Here are the most common questions that owners and users have about electric scooters: 


    Are electric scooters safe?

    Are electric scooters legal?

    Are electric scooters easy to ride?

    How do electric scooters work?

    How to use an electric scooter?

    Are electric scooters reliable?

    Are electric scooters good for commuting?

    Are electric scooters good for last-mile transport?

    Are electric scooters environmentally friendly?

    Can you ride electric scooters at night?

    Can electric scooters be used manually?

    Is an electric scooter worth it?

    Will an electric scooter save you money?

    How much do electric scooters cost?

    How much does a good electric scooter cost?

    How much does it cost to charge an electric scooter?

    How long does it take to charge an electric scooter?

    How often should you charge an electric scooter?

    Should you buy or rent an electric scooter?

    When and why should you buy an electric scooter?

    With electric scooters, people around the world can enjoy last-mile transport in a fun, easy way.

    As with any new acquired skill as long as you follow the corresponding important safety tips, you will be perfectly safe:


    1. Always wear a helmet

    2. Respect your local traffic laws

    3. Wear all the safety gear you have

    4. Don’t drink or do drugs before riding

    5. Never ride too fast

    6. Turn carefully

    7. Check that your tires are sufficiently inflated and in good shape

    8. Make sure all your brake systems work

    9. Make sure you have enough battery to get where you need to go

    10. Stay focused on your ride

    11. Avoid riding in the rain, snow or wet weather

    12. Avoid ice or slippery surfaces

    13. Avoid pedestrian areas

    14. Avoid heavy traffic

    15. Ride as the manual instructs

    16. Only ride by yourself

    17. Always use your lights at night


    With electric scooters people around the World can enjoy last-mile transport in a fun, easy way. Even then, not all countries and governments agree on the outlook of electric scooters in their cities. Our best advice is when using mobility devices, follow the local laws. Safety is the top priority for yourself and for others. Wear protective gear, especially a helmet, as it may save your life. If you’re unsure about the legality of scooters within an area check with the local ordinance first before using your personal micromobility device. 

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