reminder of what you need to know before riding an electric scooter

Traveling on an electric scooter requires compliance with specific regulations. To avoid fines… and minimize the risk of an accident. A little Ukrainian boy who took refuge in France died on Thursday June 30 in Nice after being hit by an electric scooter.

The electric scooter has made its way into the urban landscape in just a few years. A “soft”, silent, practical mode of travel… but also one that can be dangerous.

A little Ukrainian boy who took refuge in France died on Thursday in Nice after being hit by an electric scooter which was traveling at excessive speed.

Two young seasonal workers on scooters died in early May, mowed down on a passage protected by a car in Gassin (Var).

Last December, two accidents had bereaved families in the Alpes-Maritimes. A 47-year-old man was killed at the Nice central station bridge. A 27-year-old woman died after being hit by a truck on the RN7 in Villeneuve-Loubet.

Bodily accidents are also increasing with the proliferation of electric scooters. In the emergency department of the Nice University Hospital, there are nearly 200 to date.

Whether they are victims of other road users, reckless or unlucky, electric scooter users are always vulnerable, like pedestrians and cyclists.

We focus on all particularities related to this new mode of travel and the rules in force to avoid accidents.

Preferably on cycle paths

By electric scooter, it is on the paths and cycle lanes that it is advisable to circulate in priority… when they exist. Failing this, it is authorized to drive on urban roads where traffic is limited to 50 km/h.

Traffic outside built-up areas, on roads limited to 80 km/h, may be authorized in certain cases. Wearing a helmet and retroreflective equipment (yellow vest for example) is then compulsory. Note that wearing a helmet is compulsory to drive around Monaco.

In the “pedestrian zones”, it is possible to travel by electric scooter, but only by riding “in step”, at a maximum of 6 km/h. And respecting pedestrians.

Attention, “traffic on the sidewalks is prohibited, unless the mayor authorizes it”. If you drive on a sidewalk without being authorized to do so, you are liable to a fine of 135 euros (4th class).

In Nice, traffic on the tramway tracks, even if it may be tempting, is strictly prohibited electric scooters, as well as bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades…

12 years old

The minimum age to ride an electric scooter is 12 years old. These machines are therefore not prohibited for minors.

Always alone

An electric scooter cannot accommodate a passenger when traveling on public roads, even if its size or an accessory allows two people to ride on it!

At 25 km/h maximum

The maximum authorized speed is 25 km/h. This speed therefore concerns electric scooters running on cycle paths and lanes, or on the roadway. In pedestrian zones, the speed must not exceed 6 km/h.

If you ride at more than 25 km/h you expose yourself to a fine of 1,500 euros (5th class).

Mandatory insurance

To travel on public roads on the handlebars of an electric scooter, it is mandatory to have a “civil liability” insurance, which covers physical or material damage caused to others.

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