E-Scooters in Germany
E-Scooters can be fun. But keep in mind that as a road user you have to follow the traffic rules - For your own safety and the safety of others!
Since May 2019 E-scooters are allowed onto German streets and have become a very popular mode of transport, particularly for tourists.
At the same time, the number of (often easily avoidable) accidents due to reckless e-scooters driving have been rising.
For your own safety and the safety of others, we strongly recommend to make yourself familiar with the local traffic rules before using one of the many E-scooters in German cities.
Some of the key regulations for driving E-scooters in Germany:
- Users have to be at least 14-years-old. Holding a drivers licence is not necessary.
- Generally, you have to drive on the areas designated for bicycle traffic.
- Adjust your speed and allow cyclists to overtake.
- Do not drive on bus lanes, pavements or pedestrian areas.
- No drunk driving (!) - The alcohol limits for motorised traffic apply.
- Only one person per scooter
- Using your smartphone while driving without handsfree equipment is prohobited.
- We recommend wearing a helmet on e-scooters.
For further information, please have a look at this e-scooter info sheet (external link) of the Berlin Police.
(Photo Credit: Marco Verch @Flickr)