DGT warning to relatives of underage scooter and bicycle riders

DGT warning to relatives of underage scooter and bicycle riders

Image of a scooter rider. Credit: Twitter@DGTes

The Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) has warned relatives of underage scooter and bicycle riders that they can be liable for fines incurred.

In a tweet recently published by the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT), the body explained that “parents, guardians, and legal guardians will be jointly and severally liable for any infraction committed by underage riders” when in charge of a vehicle officially classified as a Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV).

Spain’s traffic department also reiterated that this type of vehicle cannot circulate on pavements or pedestrian areas. Somehow, this message doesn’t seem to have attracted the attention of the many riders who can still be seen daily breaking this law which is punishable by a €200 fine.

The use of mobile devices, or headphones, is also prohibited while riding these VMPs. In the case of alcohol and drugs, in the event that they are detected by a police control, the rider could be exposed to a fine of up to €1,000.

These new legislations were part of the revised Traffic Laws that came into force this March 21. Scooters and bicycles have become a very popular means of transport since the pandemic, and there is no age limit applied to their riders. This situation means that in the event of an accident, a young person under the age of 18 cannot be fined for any offence committed, so there has to be a person held accountable for the action.


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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at editorial@euroweeklynews.com