In Germany, there are uniform regulations on when you are allowed to ride an e-scooter. A few things have to be taken into account.
When are e-scooters allowed to be driven? You need to know this
E-scooters are electric pedal scooters. These can reach a speed of up to 20 kilometres per hour. The rules apply to e-scooters that also have a road permit.
- To drive an e-scooter, you must be at least 14 years old.
- You may ride e-scooters as well as bicycles on cycle paths, cycle lanes or similar. If these are not available, the road may also be used.
- On the other hand, you may not ride electric pedal scooters on pavements or in pedestrian areas.
- The alcohol limit for e-scooters is regulated in the same way as for driving a car. This means that you must have under 0.5 per mille. However, if your alcohol consumption is noticeable, you can already expect a fine from 0.3 per mille. If you are under 21 or still in the probationary period for your driving licence, 0.0 per mille is prescribed.
- Only one person is allowed on the e-scooter. So if you are riding a scooter with two people, it is an offence.
- It is also important that you need third party insurance for your e-scooter. Likewise, every e-scooter needs a lighting system.