Greater control of shared hand scooters without a licence in public spaces

The City Police have stepped up efforts to fine and confiscate shared personal mobility vehicles operating without a licence or parked in places where they are not allowed, in line with the by-law on the use of public highways and public spaces.

12/09/2019 17:35 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Shared hand scooters became the object of greater scrutiny by the police halfway through August, and since then more than 1,500 fines have been dished out. Given the lack of response from companies operating without a licence, the police are taking a tougher line and started confiscating vehicles on Tuesday. Thirty-three vehicles have been decommissioned so far.

The intensification of checks on the circulation and parking of hand scooters in public space is being carried out in parallel with the regulation of these vehicles. Initial meetings have been held with operating companies and further work will be done within the framework of the Mobility Pact.

The City Council will be presenting a working document in September to put forward an initial proposal for the regulation, just as the regulation on shared mopeds and bicycles was.

By-law on the circulation of pedestrians and vehicles

A pioneering regulation was approved in 2017, corresponding to the circulation of motorised personal mobility vehicles and cycles with more than two wheels. The modification of the by-law sets out the conditions for getting around the city on scooters, electric wheels, segways, tricycles and other vehicles.

  • Riders must wear a helmet.
  • Vehicles must be registered and have insurance.
  • They must comply with the circulation regulations corresponding to the vehicle.
  • They must use spaces specified in the by-law on circulation.

Regarding hand scooters, the by-law establishes that these must always give priority to pedestrians, adjusting their speed accordingly and without manoeuvring in a way that might put people’s safety at risk. Circulation is also limited to:

  • Bike lanes on pavements at 10 km/h maximum.
  • Bike lanes on road surfaces at 30 km/h maximum, with the obligation of slowing down at pedestrian crossings.
  • Roads with 30 km/h speed limits, providing the vehicle is capable of going at more than 20 km/h.
  • Parks, at 10 km/h maximum.


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