- In Italy, e-scooters are allowed to drive at 6 km/h in pedestrian zones and 20 km/h on the carriageway, but they are prohibited from travelling at night and in heavy rain.
- In Spain, they are allowed to use cycle paths, bus lanes and carriageways at a maximum speed of 30 km/h; under-16s must wear a bicycle helmet.
- In Greece you have to be at least 18 years old and can drive at a maximum of 20 km/h.
- In Austria, electric scooters may have a maximum design speed of 25 km/h and must use cycle paths and carriageways only where there are no cycle paths.
- In Germany, e-scooters may be driven at speeds of up to 20 km/h; they may be used from the age of 14 on cycle paths and, where appropriate, on carriageways. Insurance is also obligatory
Vienna limits the number of scooters
In Vienna, it was not the number of providers but the number of vehicles per provider that was limited, where e-scooters have been registered since the beginning of 2019. A maximum of 1500 scooters may be operated by one company, explains Petra Jens, Pedestrian Commissioner at the Mobilitätsagentur Wien (Vienna Mobility Agency). The agency is aimed at promoting cycling and walking and therefore also closely monitors the use of e-scooters.
Equal to cycling
The city council regards e-scooters as a positive thing for the time being: ‘They save more space than a car and you can get around more quickly than walking’. e-scooters are equivalent to cycling (Oesterreich.gv.at) This means that from the age of 12, you can operate the scooters on your own. You must use the cycle paths or alternatively carriageways but only where there are no cycle paths.
Increased pressure on cycle paths
She is critical of the increasing strain on cycle paths. ‘The Vienna Mobility Agency is therefore calling for further expansion of the cycle infrastructure.
Short life cycle
The Vienna Mobility Agency also criticises the fact that ‘The life cycle of an electric scooter is on average two months’, after which the vehicles are repaired or scrapped immediately. ‘This is not a sustainable use of resources’, complains Petra Jens.
The term micromobility covers electric scooters, e-bikes and electric pedal scooters. According to estimates by management consultants McKinsey, this market will generate sales of around 150 billion dollars in Europe by 2030, and as much as 500 billion dollars worldwide. More than a quarter of the world’s population live in cities with more than one million inhabitants and an average speed of 15 km/h. E-scooters could be of considerable significance here. And they are also interesting for suppliers, says McKinsey. With procurement costs of around 400 dollars per scooter, a provider could reach the profit zone after just over three months. The Hypermotion trade fair is also dedicated to this special area of mobility.
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