Motril to clamp down on electric scooter use

CLAMPDOWN: Motril aims to join the likes of Malaga in electric scooter regulations. Source: Max Pixel

SCOOTERS have long been a point of contention since their relatively recent introduction into Spain.

Their rise in popularity has come with some fierce criticism after a number of accidents have occurred thanks to collisions with pedestrians and injuries caused by the lack of proper protective equipment and reckless usage.

These situations are the reason that Motril council are to discuss their use and to create a possible new bylaw that regulates the use of electrically powered personal transport.

Socialist Councillor, Alicia Crespo has explained that Motril must follow the lead set by municipalities such as Malaga who have introduced strict guidelines to regulate their use.

“Lately, you can often see these electric vehicles, such as skateboards and scooters that are running wild, having no respect for norms,” she said.

“These vehicles weave in and out of pedestrians on the pavements and along one-way street in the wrong direction, generally making a nuisance of themselves” she continued.

Earlier this year, Malaga announced that it will be completely revising it’s stance on electric scooter use.

New guidelines effectively banned their use from pedestrian areas and pavements, also also meant that certain scooters were classed as vehicles, meaning they needed an ITV and insurance as well as the use of correct protective clothing.

The topic will be discussed at the next Motril plenary meeting.

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