E-scooters have become a popular and convenient urban transport mode for many; but they can be dangerous. Police registered 533 accidents leading to injury in Flanders alone last year. And for many who share city space with e-scooters and their users, they are an increasing nuisance.
So, from today (1 July 2022) e-scooter users in Belgium face new rules in a bid to stop the rising number of injuries and prevent the vehicles from taking over public spaces. The new regulations essentially regularise the treatment of e-scooters as motorized vehicles.
E-scooter will now be largely forbidden to anyone younger than 16, with prohibitions on driving on the pavement or carrying a second passenger. And also parking will be relegated to so-called drop zones.
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