More surveillance and fines for hand scooter-sharing

Measures to control hand scooter-sharing are being stepped up in a push to ensure compliance with the municipal by-law. The City Council is also working on a new proposal to regulate the activity of scooter-sharing companies operating in Barcelona, with a new regulation due to be presented in September.

23/08/2019 12:42 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

There has been more vigilance and control of hand scooters in the city in August, the aim being to ensure the circulation regulations are complied with and the mobility of pedestrians protected. In particular, measures have been stepped up to control the circulation and parking of these vehicles, which are parked in spaces set aside for bicycles and other services. The by-law on the circulation of pedestrians and vehicles sets out the following for personal mobility vehicles being put to commercial use in the city:

  • Vehicles must be registered and insured.
  • They must abide by the circulation regulations for these types of vehicle.
  • They must circulate in areas established by the circulation regulations.
  • Riders must wear a helmet.

Electric hand scooters can circulate on the following roads and thoroughfares, giving priority to pedestrians at all times, adjusting their speed accordingly and without manoeuvring in a way which might put people’s safety at risk:

  • Bike lanes on pavements, without exceeding 10 km/h.
  • Bike lanes in roads, without exceeding 30 Km/h, with the obligation of slowing down at pedestrian crossings.
  • In roads with speed limits of 30 km/h, providing the maximum speed of the vehicle is over 20 km/h.
  • Parks, without exceeding 10 km/h, giving pedestrians priority.

New regulations for hand scooter-sharing operators

At the same time, new regulations are being worked on to control the activity of hand scooter-sharing companies. Most companies interested in operating in Barcelona at the moment have pledged to wait until the new regulations are in place, the goal being to ensure the compatibility of different uses of public space.

Initial meetings with operators have already been held and the first proposal for the new regulations is expected in September.

Despite the broad consensus achieved to date, some companies have already started operating in the city and face fines for improper use of public space and for affecting mobility on foot and by bicycle.


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