BENIDORM’S bylaws regulating the use of electric scooters are now in force.
All users must use a crash helmet and be covered by third party insurance, warned Traffic councillor Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Zarate.
Businesses that sell or hire the scooters are obliged to register each one with the town hall and every personal transporter should display a QR code.
Scooters are barred from pavements, pedestrian streets and bicycle lanes marked on pavements but may use those on roads shared with traffic as well as Zona 20 and Zona 30 roads with speed limits.
Scooters can enter parks if users maintain a walking pace and roads like the Levante beach promenade which have neither kerbs nor pavements and are shared by vehicles and pedestrians.
Failure to comply could mean fines of between €80 and €500, De Zarate said.
The councillor called on private individuals to give the town hall time to apply the new bylaws and said they would be given breathing space to become accustomed to them.
In contrast, the town hall would take “drastic” measures against companies who failed to comply, De Zarate warned.