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The regulation of “segways” and electric scooters receives the “yes” in Benidorm

The regulation of “segways” and electric scooters receives the “yes” in Benidorm

22nd August – Segway and Scooter regulation comes into affect in Benidorm from today

The regulations are already effective and require people to have mandatory civil liability insurance and wear a helmet in all cases,  In addition lights and a bell must be fitted. They will not be allowed on the public pavements but are able to use the cycle lanes. 

The fines will range from 80 to 500 euros depending on the type of infraction committed

Using a Personal Mobility Vehicle (MVP) in Benidorm as of today within  the regulations of these vehicles as “segways”, electric scooters or similar,

The new rules f are being introduced  for the proper use and control of these devices that are increasingly on the streets of the tourist capital.

The regulations require companies that use/hire these types of vehicles to register each of them in the City Council as well as having insurance that covers any user who can rent one of them, not just the vehicle itself. Once all the documentation has been submitted, the Mobility area will grant you a QR code that will identify each one of these scooters or similar so that the Local Police can verify their approval and documentation instantly.

In addition, the new regulations establish the speed or where these VMPs can circulate. For example, they will not be able to do it on sidewalks but by bike lanes, among other restrictions. In addition, children under 16 will have to be accompanied by an adult to be able to use them..

Translated from Spanish so some content may be lost.  Original story from Diario Infromacion HERE 

27th July Update – Benidorm will control the use of segways and electric scooters from August

July 2019 – Updates 

Benidorm has started the summer without being able to implement the new rules for electric scooters, “segways” or any type of personal mobility vehicle to circulate on the streets of the city.  It is the modification of the Mobility Ordinance in which these elements are going to be changed, this is still awaiting a final procedure, that of final approval, after the process to carry it out started more than a year ago.

Original story can be read at www.diarioinformacion.com in Spanish.

Benidorm City Council began to talk about controlling the proliferation of these types of scooters and motor vehicles in 2017 when Ciudadanos (Cs) proposed the regulation of these. It was not until June 2018 that the municipal regulation was modified for the first time to include several aspects to ensure the safety of both drivers and pedestrians. (see below)

Thus, that modification was removed up to seven times from the plenary session after “overturning” the opposition of the previous mandate, considering, among other issues, that this change in the ordinance did not have to come from the hand of another pending: the creation of the green parking area for residents. It was in March of this year when, after separating the previous government of the PP and CBM from this issue, when the articles of the current ordinance were modified to include new issues to regulate these personal mobility vehicles.

Now, after public exposure, only one step is pending: resolve the only claim that has been submitted, as explained by the councilor of Mobility, José Ramón González de Zárate. An issue that is scheduled for the end of July. Therefore, the rule could begin to be applied before the end of the summer even though the intention is that it had been underway before.  Benidorm is the first municipality that had proposed to put an end to electric scooters. However, due to the fight between the previous government and opposition, the procedures and some elections have made the ordinance more than a year late. So much so that cities like Alicante have already passed these new rulings.

Mobility scooters can continue to go on the pavement but at a maximum speed of 4km per hour – the equivalent walking speed of a pedestrian.

Helmet, insurance and fines

As already published in the original story below, the new regulations allow fines of between 100€ and 500€ for breaching any of the new rulings.

You can not go on pavements or bike lanes (that is, those lanes for bicycles painted red in the middle of the roadway and shared by athletes and drivers, and in pedestrian zones reserved only for people either), so only the roads are left.

In addition, wearing a helmet will be obligatory as well as having a civil liability insurance. The limitations will also be for those who want to use these vehicles as a tourist claim. For organized routes, no more than 10 people can go per group, including the guide, and the distance between these groups will be 50 meters.

As for parking, they can only do so in authorised spaces. The regulation includes other issues such as that a registry of these vehicles will be created and that they will carry a QR code to facilitate the work of the Local Police.

March 2019

Once again this story was miss reported in the British Tabloids and sent thousands into panic when they were told by the British Press that this story was about mobility scooters………

The regulation of “segways” and electric scooters receives the “yes” in Benidorm

After seven attempts Benidorm will finally have the tools to regulate the circulation of electric scooters, and segways and any other personal mobility vehicle (VMP) guaranteeing the safety of other pedestrians.

Original story published in www.diarioinformacion.com and translated from Spanish to English so some information my be lost in translation

Finally, all the political groups voted yesterday in favor of modifying the Mobility ordinance to regulate the use of these vehicles after the first proposal was put on the table almost two years ago.

So in a few months, Benidorm could join other large cities, such as Alicante, that have already stopped these electric vehicles.  Although, Benidorm, the tourist capital was one of the first to create a specific ordinance against the proliferation of electric scooters or “segways” in the city, the political debate has delayed it until now.

As already published in diarioinformation over the years, up to seven plenary sessions have been overthrown by the opposition they have always rejected that this modification not only include this regulation for the VMP, but also included a change in the blue zones and the creation of the new green zones. Eventually, however, after six months of attempts, the local government decided to restart the whole process and yesterday it carried out the modification of the ordinance and for the first time this received the unanimous vote of all the attending councilors.

Once this comes into force, fines for non-compliance will reach 500 euros  (£426) in the most serious cases; these fines apply to people going faster than 12mph on Segways, electric unicycles and hoverboards, even in bike lanes, use of helmets and having civil liability insurance will be mandatory; people will also be required to wear reflective clothing or have a bell or similar attached;

They also have to be at  least 16 years to drive one of these vehicles (Segways etc); or, in the case of groups, no more than 10 people can be formed, among other limitations.

With regards to where these can be used they will not be permitted  on sidewalks or bike lanes  In single-lane streets where vehicles are allowed to pass, they may drive at a maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour (12mph ), these speeds must also be respected on roads; while for the parks only the smallest skates will be permitted.

Local by laws already state that the minimum age for hiring mobility scooters is 55, unless proof can be provide either in the form of a Blue Badge or letter from a GP.

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orson carter

When do the regulations come into force ?

David Haworth
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David Haw

Does that mean mobility scooters will only be allowed on the road and not on the pavement?

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Admin

as in the title of this article it is referring to “segways and electric scooters”

Mrs Beryl Reynolds
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Mrs Beryl Reynolds

I am 79 and cant manage without a scooter it looks as if we wont be able to holiday in Benidorm now. I always go slowly as my Husband walks besides
me and he cant walk on the busy medditterannen avenue. I am not brave enough to go on that busy road either Do you think there will be scooter lanes or something to keep genuine users safe and able to to holiday there

Gina Woods
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Gina Woods

I don’t mind people who really need them but you see families with kids having one each and racing each other! and the attitude of some users think it’s their right of way and you have to get onto the road to let them past.

Peter Cumberpatch
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Peter Cumberpatch

This is an email i recieved from a scooter hire company
We have received quite a few emails regarding this confusing news article about new rules.

The new regulations do NOT concern mobility scooters but the new electric devices such as segways, unicycles and other personal battery powered vehicles going faster than 12MpH.

These new “mobility” vehicles will have to be insured and use roads or bike paths, have to have a horn, use helmets, reflected jackets etc. etc.

Our hire prices for mobility scooters all include public liability insurance already.

Hope we have taken away your worries and look forward meeting you again soon.

Mr a dobson /77 old
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Mr a dobson /77 old

Thank god for that

David Roberts
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David Roberts

Glad to hear this. The speed at which some of the lightweight scooters go along pavements is dangerous to pedestrians. I can see that for workers they are a quick way to get around but glad that safety issues are being addressed.
I would not like to use the cycle lanes though!