Electric scooters: the 13 most important questions about e-scooters

Electric scooters have been approved for road traffic in Germany since June 2019 – provided they meet certain criteria. What do you have to pay attention to when using it? How are the e-scooters insured? Which traffic rules apply? We clarify the most important questions about e-scooters.

Electric scooters are small, practical and – charged with green electricity – also positive for their own CO2 balance . In many German cities, e-scooters are no longer uncommon. With the approval for road traffic, various providers offer their e-scooters directly for rent. Handy for walking the last few hundred meters from a bus stop to work in the city. At costs of just a few cents per minute at the rental company, electric scooters also enable an inexpensive entry into e-mobility and could also ensure that the topic continues to pick up speed in Germany.

Who can drive an e-scooter and which driver’s license is required?

In principle, anyone who is at least 14 years old can drive an electric scooter. A driver’s license or a moped test certificate are not required for the journey.

How many people are allowed to ride on an e-scooter?

Electric scooters are only approved for one person. “Passenger transport and trailer operation are not permitted for small electric vehicles,” says the Small Electric Vehicle Ordinance.

Where are electric scooters allowed to drive?

E-scooters are allowed to ride on bike paths in Germany. If there is no bike path, the driver has to use the road with his e-scooter. E-scooters are not allowed on sidewalks.

How fast do electric scooters go?

For registered electric scooters, maximum speeds of 20 km / h are allowed. There are also models that can go faster. However, these are not permitted for road traffic in Germany and may only be used on private property.

Which electric scooters are allowed in Germany and when are they allowed?

For street approval, electric scooter in mumbai first need a so-called general operating license (ABE). Manufacturers must apply for this at the Federal Motor Transport Authority. The vehicles themselves may not drive faster than 20 km / h. In addition, the e-scooters must have lights, a bell, a handlebar and two independently functioning brakes.

What do drivers have to pay attention to in traffic?

As an e-scooter driver, of course, you have to  adhere to the road traffic regulations . Other road users, regardless of whether they are driving a car, bicycle or other e-scooter, must not be prevented from overtaking, for example. If you want to turn, you have to indicate this beforehand with a hand signal, as on a bike. Driving side by side on cycle paths or on the street is not allowed.

Also important: The same alcohol limits apply to e-scooter drivers as to motorists. According to ADAC, drivers from 0.5 to 1.09 per mille commit an administrative offense and usually face a fine of 500 euros, a one-month driving ban and two points in Flensburg. Anyone who has 1.1 or more per mille in their blood and gets on the e-scooter is committing a criminal offense. This is also the case if you already show signs of failure at 0.3 per mil. Drivers under the age of 21 and new license holders are not allowed to drive under the influence of alcohol. They are 0.0 per mil.

Do I have to wear a helmet when driving an e-scooter?

There is no obligation to wear a helmet for e-scooter drivers, but experts recommend wearing a helmet for safety reasons.

How much does an electric scooter cost?

Cheap e-scooters are available from 250 euros, more expensive models cost 1,000 euros and more. Before buying, however, users should make sure that the electric scooter meets all the requirements for road approval. For example, some models drive faster than the permitted maximum speed of 20 km / h. These may then only be used on private property and not drive on public roads. Before buying, you should therefore find out about the model you want. We have summarized what you should consider when it comes to batteries .

Where can you buy electric scooters?

E-scooters are now available in many electronics stores and from common online mail order companies.

Do I have to insure an electric scooter?

Yes, e-scooters are subject to insurance. Users need a motor vehicle liability insurance and a corresponding insurance sticker to participate in road traffic.

What does an electric scooter insurance cost?

Many motor vehicle insurance companies offer motor vehicle liability insurance for e-scooters from as little as 30 euros a year.

Who repairs electric scooters?

E-scooters have not been approved for road traffic that long. Nevertheless, there are already repair service providers in some cities. Users can find suitable providers on the Internet.

How much are fines for e-scooter drivers?

If you don’t follow the rules, you can face severe fines – here is an excerpt:

  • Driving without or with a broken bell: 15 euros
  • Driving on the sidewalk: 15 to 30 euros
  • Driving side by side: 15 to 30 euros
  • Driving without lights: 20 euros
  • Driving without an insurance license plate: 40 euros
  • Driving a scooter without an operating permit: 70 euros
  • Run over a red light: between 60 and 180 euros

If you observe these points, nothing stands in the way of driving pleasure with the electric scooter.