New regulations for motorized PDEs: what you need to know


Enhanced security and well-defined traffic areas: what does the new regulation on motorized EDPs, which came into force recently, say?

Since October 25, the government has changed the Highway Code to include coaching for motorized personal mobility devices (PDUs). This concerns electric scooters, monoroues, gyropods, hoverboards and electric skateboards. Several new elements are to be taken into account when one wishes to move with these devices in the respect of the rules.

First, drivers must be older thanat least 12 years old. Wearing a helmet compliant with the regulations and attached is mandatory. This is also the case of a high visibility vest or retro-reflective equipment, and an additional lighting device, no glare or flashing. Finally, it is imperative that the position lights of the different PDEs are lit by day and by night.

EDP ​​of roads and EDP fields

Electric scooters, like other vehicles, can not carry only one person and no goods. Their maximum speed must not exceed 25 km / h. In addition, the decree specifies that in built-up areas, the PDEs must to travel on the bands and bike paths. And, when there is none, use roads where the maximum speed is 50 km / h. On the other hand, in certain exceptional cases these motorized devices will be able to roll on the pavement without disturbing the pedestrians. Traffic will also be permitted on roads where the maximum speed is 80 km / h. This requires that the town hall concerned gave his consent.

In addition to all this, a second wave of regulations will be implemented from the first of July 2020. PDEs should be equipped with a retro-reflective device and a buzzer. Not to mention the presence of an effective braking system and compliant with the characteristics set by a government order.

Failure to comply with these regulations can quickly expensive. Indeed, being caught driving without a helmet on a road at 80 km / h results in a fourth-class ticket. That is to say a fine of 135 euros. This is strange when you know that wearing the helmet is not mandatory for adult cyclists.


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