Sure thing for e-scooters in Spain

Sure thing for e-scooters in Spain

E-SCOOTERS: More protection for anyone involved in an accident Photo credit: Pixabay/SurprisingSnapShots

It won’t happen immediately, but there are big changes in store for anybody using an electric scooter

in Spain.

A Cabinet Meeting on May 28 approved modifications to the proposed Vehicle Insurance Law which included obligatory insurance for the owners of all types of personal mobility vehicles.

That means mobility scooters and, above all, the increasingly popular e-scooters.

Once the law comes into force, all these vehicles must be covered by third-party insurance and they will have to be registered with the national Traffic Department (DGT) by January 2, 2026.

Some town and city halls as far apart as Benidorm in Alicante province and Bilbao in the Basque Region already require the owners of e-scooters to insure them, but this has not been mandatory nationwide until now.

The insurance means there will be fair compensation for anyone involved in an accident caused by an e-scooter or a mobility vehicle.

“We want to reconcile the use of sustainable urban transport with better protection for the victims of accidents involving these new vehicles,” a Ministry of the Economy spokesperson said.

Accidents involving e-scooters are on the rise, with one leading insurance company alone dealing with 300 serious cases in 2023, when 11 people lost their lives and least 287 people were injured.

Having received Cabinet approval, the draft law will now make its way through the national parliament, a process that will take several months.

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Written by

Linda Hall

Originally from the UK, Linda is based in Valenca and is a reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering local news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at editorial@euroweeklynews.com.

Comments


    • Brian

      31 May 2024 • 20:16

      Wonderful but please include pedal cycles in this! The lycra louts make the roads so dangerous!

    • John Wittmann

      03 June 2024 • 10:44

      Especially the serious single or more do not use the available cycle track alongside the main road.

    • David Allinson

      04 June 2024 • 17:46

      I fully support insurance for cyclists as well.
      Cyvlists should also be heavily fined if the do not use the cycle ways provided.

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