Germany green-lights e-scooters on roads, not pavements

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May 19, 2019-

BERLIN: Germany on Friday authorised battery-powered scooters on its streets and cycle paths but banned them from pavements to protect pedestrians as the two-wheeled craze continues to spread across Europe. Following fierce debate over road safety and the impact on traffic, the upper house adopted a proposal by Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer to approve the “electric propulsion vehicles” for road use. Scheuer was forced to amend his initial suggestion to allow electric scooters on pavements, after it sparked an outcry from politicians, police unions and insurance groups. Electrical scooters will only be allowed on pavements in exceptional cases, to be expressly indicated by signs. E-scooter users must stick to a speed limit of 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) per hour and be aged 14 years or older. (AFP)

Published: 19-05-2019 09:38

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