The way we move around the city is changing. The personal vehicles we are choosing are more and more practical and sustainable, giving us the independence to travel where and when we want. Scooters or electric wheels and cycles with more than two wheels are becoming more common on the streets of Barcelona.

Since July 2017, personal mobility vehicles (PMV) and cycles with more than two wheels have had their own regulations for the safety and protection of their users and a harmonious relationship with other pedestrians and vehicles on the public highway. The regulations govern personal motor vehicles, such as PMVs, and cycles with more than two wheels for commercial and lucrative use, whether motor or mechanical.

The minimum age for driving PMVs or cycles with more than two wheels is 16. When transporting people in an authorised vehicle (type C0 or C1), drivers must be of age (18 years old) to drive them.

It is obligatory to take out third-party civil liability insurance if you are carrying out commercial activities. For personal use, this insurance is recommended.

Type and regulation

Measurements: The smallest personal mobility vehicles: maximum weight 25kg, maximum length 1m and maximum width 0.6m are considered 'Type A'.

Where they can be used: on cycle lanes, one-platform streets and in public parks. If they can travel at speeds of over 20km/h, they can also be used on the roads of the 30-streets (streets with one lane of traffic in each direction).

Attention groups: If these vehicles are travelling in a group (three to six people and a guide), they can only be used on specific routes (consult the map). In Ciutat Vella, there is a special law (from 1 June to 1 October).

Helmet use: The use of a helmet is obligatory whenever it is part of a public and shared-use service or a commercial, tourism or leisure activity of a lucrative nature. In the case of the personal use of these devices, the use of a helmet is only recommended.

Measurements: The larger personal mobility vehicles: maximum weight 50 kg, maximum length 1.9 m and maximum width 0.8 m are considered 'Type B'.

Where they can be used: on the same routes as Type A and also on the roads of 30-streets.

Attention groups: If these vehicles are travelling in a group (three to six people and a guide), they can only be used on specific routes (consult the map). In Ciutat Vella, there is a special law (from 1 June to 1 October).

Helmet use: For people using Type B vehicles, the use of a helmet is obligatory.

Measurements: Vehicles with a maximum weight of 500kg, maximum length of 3.1m and maximum width of 1.5m are considered 'Type C0' and equivalent to the bicycle.

Where they can be used: on the same routes as those established for bicycles.

Helmet use: This is recommended, not obligatory.

Measurements: Vehicles with a maximum weight of 500kg, maximum length of 3.1m and maximum width of 1.5m are considered 'Type C1'.

Where they can be used: on cycle lanes (as long as the width of the cycling infrastructure allows), one-platform streets, road surface of 30-streets and on the roads which do not correspond to the basic city network.

Helmet use: This is recommended, not obligatory.

Measurements: Vehicles with a maximum weight of 500kg, maximum length of 3.1m and maximum width of 1.5m are considered 'Type C2'.

Where they can be used: in the same areas as the C1 group, including public parks. They can also be used on pavements of more than 4.75m, but only to access the destination (to pick up or drop off, for example).

Helmet use: This is recommended, not obligatory.