Police ran electric scooter checks in Montgomery area on Tuesday

Police ran electric scooter checks in Montgomery area on Tuesday
The local police of the Brussels zone Montgomery (Etterbeek/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe - Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe - Woluwe-Saint-Pierre) undertake checks on e-scooters, in Brussels, Tuesday 26 July 2022. Regulations on those devices have been tightened since July 1, and the police zone has regularly received complaints about such devices in recent months and years. Credit: Belga / Antony Gevaert

Brussels police zone in Montgomery (Etterbeek / Woluwe-Saint-Lambert / Woluwe-Saint-Pierre) checked 67 electric scooters Tuesday afternoon. Six of them were fined. It was the second operation conducted by the Montgomery police force since new, stricter rules and regulations on electric scooters came into force on 1 July.

"Of the 67 drivers checked, 45 underwent an alcohol pre-test. They were all negative," the Montgomery police district said late Monday.

"Two users saw their machine seized because they were not compliant. It is a single-wheeler and a scooter that went up to a speed of more than 50km/h. In addition, three users were fined because that they were driving with another passenger, and a user was fined because he was driving under the influence of narcotics."

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Since July 1, 2022, the rules for using electric scooters have become stricter. The minimum use age is now 16, except for a few exceptions.

The devices are now likened to cyclists, which means they must restrict usage to the cycle path or the road. Moreover, a vehicle cannot transport more than one passenger at a time.

Lastly, the vehicle must have brakes, a white reflector at the front, a red reflector at the back, and side signals.

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