New Rules for E-Scooters to Be Introduced

Society | November 12, 2019, Tuesday // 13:02| Views: | Comments: 0
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There will be rules for the movement of electric drones in changes to the Road Transport Act. Changes to the law have been published on the Council of Ministers' Public Consultation Portal.

The deadline for receiving project recommendations and proposals is 14 days, the importers note. They state that a shorter deadline for public consultation is set since the draft has already been published for public consultation within 30 days. Due to the great public interest in regulating the rules for the movement of individual electric vehicles and due to the occurrence of crashes with them, it is necessary to introduce a regulation for the drones.

Individual electric vehicle / item so-called e-scooters / is a road vehicle equipped with an electric motor and a maximum design speed exceeding six kilometers per hour without or with seating capacity up to 50 kilograms. Wheelchairs serving disabled people aren't considered as individual electric vehicles.
"Self-balancing vehicle" means a vehicle with one wheel or two parallel wheels, driven by an engine whose maximum design speed does not exceed 25 km / h, which is characterized by an inherently unstable equilibrium and which requires an auxiliary control system, to keep it in balance," writes in the draft amendments to the Road Transport Act.

The electric scooters must have a white or yellow well-visible light at the front and a red light emitter at the rear. According to the project, the driver of an individual electric vehicle is obliged to:

- to use reflective elements on the visible part of the garment, making it easily visible in the dark hours of the day and / or in the case of diminished visibility;
- to move on the constructed bicycle infrastructure, and in the absence of such infrastructure - as close as possible to the right border of the lane;
- to use the the individual electric vehicle with the lights on in the dark hours of the day and / or in reduced visibility;
- operate with a serviceable braking system of the driven individual electric vehicle;
- to wear a helmet.

The driver of an individual electric vehicle is prohibited from:

- drive on Class I streets and roads with a maximum speed of over 50 kilometers per hour;
- to move on Class II streets without a built bicycle infrastructure;
- Move in areas marked with road sign B9 - Bicycle entry is prohibited;
- to move on streets marked with road sign G13 - "Road lane or lane for the movement of regular vehicles only";
- develop speeds in excess of 25 kilometers per hour;
- to transport other persons;
- move in parallel to another individual electric vehicle or two-wheeled vehicle;
- steer the vehicle without holding the handlebars;
- to move in close proximity to another road vehicle;
- carry, tow or push objects which impede the driving of the vehicle or create a danger to other road users;
- drive the vehicle on pedestrian-only areas;
- use a mobile phone when driving an individual electric vehicle.

The minimum age of the driver of an individual electric vehicle is: sixteen years - on bicycle infrastructure, class II to VI streets and roads with a maximum authorized speed of up to 50 kilometers per hour and fourteen years - on bicycle lanes only.
Each municipality may, by an ordinance of the municipal council, set lower maximum permissible speeds for movement on the territory of the respective municipality, as well as terms and conditions for the use of individual electric vehicles in the form of shared use, including the maximum permissible number of vehicles and compulsory parking areas.

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