French to regulate micro-scooters
The question of the legal status of the electric pavement scooters (Lime etc.) which are springing up all over Europe, is being broached by the French authorities. The country’s Ministry of Transport has announced that from this autumn, these vehicles will be covered by France’s highway code (code de la route). Users will face sanctions if they fail to comply with the new regulations, which will also cover the hoverboards and single wheel electric machines. French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne, quoted by some sections of the French press, has spoken of the ‘anarchic development’ of these forms of transport, and of putting an end to the ‘law of the jungle’.
Among measures said to be included in the new regulations are a minimum age for driving them (just 8 years old is mentioned by L’Automobile & L’Entreprise!), a ban on carrying passengers, on using headphones and a ban on driving on pavements, except when the electric engine is not being used. Driving on cycle-ways will be obligatory in urban areas, or on roads whose maximum speed limit is 50 km/h. Clothing to be worn, including helmets for the youngest users, will also form part of the new regulation.