By Euro Weekly News Media • 14 November 2018 • 18:00
A TAXI driver has recorded two young people travelling at 80 km/h on an electric scooter in the middle lane of a busy road in Spain.
The footage was captured in Barcelona as the taxi driver struggled to catch up to the speeding youths.
Regulations in Spain restrict the top speed of electric scooters from exceeding 20 km/h or 30 km/h in the case of larger scooters.
The video has since gone viral across social media, originally shared by an anonymous member of Barcelona’s Guàrdia Urbana and pleading to Ada Colau’s municipal government to “legislate” the electric vehicles in the city.
Since the video’s appearance witnesses have alleged that the young pair weaved “all over” Diagonal Avenue.
One claims to have seen the duo on the electric scooter accelerate “faster than a motorcycle”.
Shared scooter schemes have already begun in Madrid and Zaragoza, allowing members of the public to rent the electric scooters in a similar system to ‘Boris Bikes’, as they are colloquially known, are found commonly in London.
However, a shared scooter scheme has not yet been launched in Barcelona.
Electric scooters have been at the centre of discussion at the Smart City Expo World Congress where different parties debate whether the environmentally friendly modes of transports are compatible with modern cities.
Barcelona has already taken steps to improve safety for privately owned electric scooters, only permitting the vehicles to circulate in bicycle lanes and in 30 km/h zones in the city.
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