Rīga mulls upping scooter rules with accidents on the rise

In order to increase pedestrian safety in Rīga, the City Council is discussing further regulations for electrical scooters, Latvian Radio reported May 11.

Municipal Vice Mayor Linda Ozola said the number of injuries involving this mode of transport is increasing. One possible solution would be to regulate the safe parking of the scooters. Currently, they are left anywhere, including in the middle of pavements and on the sides of streets.

"Adaptation of infrastructure, including road signs and various information signs. Or there is an opportunity to license those operating by the local government. It's also about speed limits that we could set. Also defining restricted use areas, whether they would be parks or other special areas where they may not be used at all, parked, or maximum speed limited," Ozola said.

Electrical scooters are permitted to be driven from 14 years of age. It requires a bicycle driving licence for minors. Last year, nearly 300 accidents were recorded involving scooters. 199 people were injured and one died. Although the top speed – 15 kilometers per hour – appears to be relatively low, safety experts stress that this is sufficient to cause serious injuries in the event of a collision.

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