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

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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When do the regulations come into force ?

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

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That appears to be the case, yes. But there is a suggestion on lanes similar to the cycle lanes.

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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

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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.

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