The e-scooter: One of many modern conveniences designed to get around faster in congested city traffic.
It is quick, easy to master and makes it a good deal more comfortable to get from one place to another. This is probably one of the main reasons why more and more people are interested in alternative modes of transport, such as electric bicycles or e-scooters. Until a couple of years ago, the battery life of these vehicles lasted only for about 10 kilometres, but a lot of progress has been made within the past 5-10 years.
A modern e-scooter can go up to 50 kilometres without needing to be recharged and weighs less than 15 kilograms. Thanks to these developments, demands on the Luxembourg market grew exponentially.
While these modes of transport have become more and more widespread, users' knowledge of traffic regulations on electric bikes and e-scooters still needs to catch up. On the whole, users of electrical modes of transport that don't exceed 25 km/h with electric assistance have to adhere to the same rules as cyclists:
- They have to have a red light at the back and a white light at the front.
- They need red or yellow reflectors at the back of the vehicle.
- The brakes need to be adequate to stop the maximum weight.
- Maximum motor-assisted speed can not exceed 25 km/h.
- They can only be driven on roads and bicycle lanes, not on pavements (unless you're shepherding young cyclists)
- They don't have to be registered with the SNCA.