DGT set new scooter restrictions

DGT standardise scooters law across Spain

Electric scooters being ridden in Malaga. Credit: No-Mad/Shutterstock.com

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) in Spain has recently laid down new guidelines for scooters in a bid to improve road safety.

Recently, the DGT declared a change in the speed regulations for electric scooters, aiming to tackle the growing concerns over road safety in urban environments.

This adjustment seeks to unify the rules across Spain and enhance the safety for both the riders and pedestrians.

National speed regulation

Until now, local municipalities had their own sets of rules for electric scooters, leading to a confusing mixture of regulations.

The introduction of a nation-wide speed limit, set between six and 25 km/h, marks a significant step towards standardising scooter use in built-up areas.

This decision was prompted by the need to mitigate accidents, with statistics from the DGT reporting eight fatalities in 2022 and an additional three in 2023 all involving electric scooters.

Additional safety measures

Besides the speed cap, the DGT’s new policy encompasses various safety measures. Riding on pavements, pedestrian zones, highways, expressways, connecting roads, including pedestrian and vehicle tunnels in built-up areas is now strictly forbidden.

Scooter riders are held to the same legal alcohol limits as other vehicle drivers, and drug influence while driving is banned outright. Moreover, the use of headphones and mobile phones during rides is also prohibited to prevent distractions.

Helmet requirement and collaboration

A notable aspect of the law is the compulsory use of protective helmets, although the specifics will be determined through further regulation. The DGT is actively working with local councils to ensure the effective implementation of these rules.

This collaborative effort aims to safeguard all personal mobility vehicle (PMV) users and foster a safer urban transit environment.

This comprehensive approach by the DGT, including speed limits and behavioural restrictions, represents a significant stride towards safer mobility. It underscores the commitment to adjusting regulations in response to the evolving landscape of personal transportation.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • John Lightfoot

      02 April 2024 • 14:30

      Mostly common sense, I do not agree with helmets, maybe for under 16 but in the 2 years I spent in Spain I saw no scooter riders acting badly.

      • Brian

        02 April 2024 • 18:58

        Were you travelling with your eyes closed? I see some very “iffy” scootering almost every day I’m in town!

    • del-g

      02 April 2024 • 17:42

      what about obaying the Highway code.

    • rab

      02 April 2024 • 18:24

      Might have been easier to tell us where these scooters can be used.

    • Sheila H

      03 April 2024 • 09:23

      When are they going to be banned from public transport, especially trams ????

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