How to register electric scooters in Latvia

Owners of electric scooters have until March 31 to register their vehicles to be able to use them on the road. Only scooters with a speed of up to 25 kilometers per hour can be registered. What is the registration process for electric scooters? 

There are two ways to complete the registration process - in person at one of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate's (CSDD) centers, where registration will be carried out by the center's specialists, or remotely via the E-CSDD service portal, said CSDD spokesman Mārtiņš Mālmeisters. To access E-CSDD, you must have an authorization tool accepted in Latvia, such as eID, e-signature, Smart ID or an Internet bank.

Registering a scooter remotely will require entering a series of data about the specific micro-mobility tool. 

"If you want to register electronically or remotely, you need to provide information about the manufacturer, model, make - information that is indicated on the technical plate or sticker that is placed on the electric scooter," said Mālmeisters.

In addition, the details of the scooter's owner and user must be entered. A registration sticker will then be sent by post and must be displayed visibly on the scooter.

There is a fee for the registration process and for receiving the sticker - the total cost is up to €8 and a few cents.

After April 1, an electric scooter that is not fitted with this registration sticker will not be allowed to participate in road traffic. The law enforcement authorities have all the possibilities to remove the scooter in question from the road, said the CSDD spokesperson. 

When a second-hand scooter is sold, it will have to be removed from the register. After this, the purchaser can register the scooter in his/her possession.

Another thing to remember is that changes have been made to the rules of the road. From now on, electric scooter drivers aged 17 and under must wear a safety helmet and preferably clothing with reflective elements, such as a reflective vest, when riding this micro-mobility tool in low visibility or heavy traffic conditions.

The road traffic rules also require that electric scooter drivers must drive at a speed that does not endanger road safety and does not exceed the maximum speed limit of 25 km/h and that only one person can be on the scooter at a time. 

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