AFTER an increasing amount of complaints from local residents, Palma police have launched a campaign to clamp down on electric scooters riders who break the law.
Officers are being deployed to the streets in the capital over the next two weeks, where anyone caught speeding, using mobiles or driving negligently could be issued with a fine of up to €200. Less serious violations will likely result in a warning, where riders will be informed of the regulations for driving a scooter safely. More serious offenses, which includes speeding or using a mobile whilst driving, will carry a more substantial penalty.
The new regulations for electric scooters were introduced in June of this year and by August 13, 52 people had been fined for breaking the law. This included infractions such as riding an electric scooter on a main road or on pavements, both which carry a penalty of €40.
At present, it is not compulsory to wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter in the capital, however new regulations are expected to be enforced.Children under the age of 15 are only allowed to ride electric scooters in bike lanes and on residential roads with a speed limit of 30 kilometres an hour.
The rules are being strictly imposed by officers due to a general unawareness from scooter riders, who have no idea about road safety. This is putting pedestrians at risk, which is the top priority for the police.
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