POLICE in Spain are clamping down on the illegal usage of unregistered electric scooters on public roads.
In the latest operation, eight unregistered scooters were confiscated and the users fined for not adhering to the proper procedures.
In new laws published by the Department of Transport, all electric scooters must conform to the same regulations that other vehicles do.
They must now have a valid ITV certificate, insurance and logbook.
Also the user must wear an approved motorcycle helmet and appropriate clothing and hold a valid AM licence.
Fines for not complying with these rules are also set at similar levels as for other road users.
An unregistered scooter will bring you a €500 fine, the same as if you don’t possess the correct AM license.
No insurance will incur a €1,000 fine and having no helmet will set you back €200.
The latest government crackdown has come after a spate of accidents involving such scooters at popular tourist hotspots across the country, which have left a number of tourists injured.
Caption: A group of scooter riders are fined for not adhering to new scooter laws. Source: Facebook / N332