By John Smith • 08 June 2020 • 14:34
ON the Costa del Sol in locations such as Marbella and even Gibraltar there has been much comment about the nuisance caused by electric scooters which travel quietly at relatively high speeds in areas normally intended for pedestrians.
As Europe heads towards an all-electric vehicle world at some stage in the future, the Spanish government has published it Moves 2020 plan and with the reduction of pollution during lockdown, wants to support motorists and others to go electric.
For several years, the streets of Madrid have been full of vehicles polluting the air with their internal combustion engines but now, the council there wants to encourage and help residents to turn to electric bicycles and scooters.
Prices are not exorbitant, protective clothing is advised and insurance for electric bicycles in particular is much more easily obtainable.
There are scales and balances to many relatively new concepts and with electric scooters in particular, riders have to be disciplined and be given guidelines of how and where they can ride.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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