Exploring E-Scooter Regulations Worldwide: A Comprehensive Guide

e-scooter regulation overview

The age around 16 is a common benchmark worldwide for e-scooter usage. Equally prevalent is the consensus on speed limits, which usually cap at 25 km/h (15 mph). While registration practices vary, Germany, Japan, and Singapore require license plates. In Europe, a driver's license isn't essential, except for the UK, where e-scooters are pending legalization and may involve a specific driver's license upon approval. Although recommended in all markets, helmets are mandatory only in Germany, Korea, and Japan. In the US and Italy, passengers under 18 must also don a helmet. When assessing the need for insurance, only Germany and France mandate it in Europe, while it remains a suggestion elsewhere.

Where to ride

e-scooters' regulation overview where to ride

Pedestrian safety takes precedence globally: e-scooters are off-limits on pavements.

While regulations often hinge on city or state ordinances, a general rule prevails: stick to bike lanes or shared paths within city limits. In the absence of dedicated lanes, e-scooters can navigate roads with a speed limit below 50 kph / 35 mph. Germany stands out by permitting e-scooters on all city roads, regardless of speed limits. In Italy and France, pedestrian areas allow e-scooters at 6 kph. Tunnels, intercity roads, and motorways usually remain restricted.

E-scooters and other PMVs spark debates, yet their potential to curb pollution and enhance urban mobility is undeniable and merits collective support.

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