Increasing numbers of people feel unsafe on the roads due to e-scooters. Now, new regulations will enter into force on Friday 1 July, according to the Federal Mobility Minister Georges Gilkinet.
The e-scooter is an increasingly popular transport option that boosts mobility, particularly for younger people. However, their use has also been linked to a rise in accidents and conflicts with pedestrians. 59 accidents were recorded in 2019; that number rose to 1,022 recorded cases in 2021.
What are the new rules?
Moving forward, there will be a minimum age of 16 to use the e-scooter to prevent children and teenagers from riding the vehicles.
Moreover, e-scooters will be banned from pavements. While they were previously tolerated at walking speed, those rules weren't followed, making a complete ban easier. However, people with reduced mobility will be allowed on their electric vehicles. In pedestrian zones, signs will indicate if e-scooters are allowed at walking place.
- Traffic deaths and injuries back to pre-pandemic levels, e-scooter accidents tripled
- Warm weather and holiday weekend saw substantial increase in scooter rides
- E-Scooters make Brussels residents feel unsafe on the street
To avoid disorderly parking, there will be designated parking for zones for e-scooters. Finally, it will no longer be permitted to ride in pairs.