Traffic rules for electric scooters adopted in Latvia

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On May 11, the government approved amendments to the Road Traffic Regulations (CSN) introducing rules for electric scooters, according to a release by Transport Ministry.

The new CSN framework provides that electric scooters are allowed to go on sidewalks, bicycle trails and lanes, public transport lanes if it is also allowed for bicycles on that section, and on the street. 

At the same time, the regulatory framework determines that scooters give way to pedestrians if going on the sidewalk and they must move at a speed that does not exceed walking speed. Electric scooters can only travel on the street where the speed limit does not exceed 50 kilometers per hour. 

The scooter must be in good technical condition, fitted with brakes, shall be illuminated on the front by a white light lamp and a red lamp on the rear. The driver must be clad in a light reflecting vest whenever possible. 

It is prohibited to carry a passenger, let go of the steer, hold on to another vehicle and carry cargo that might pose danger to others.

The speed of the scooter cannot exceed 25 km/h and the person using it must be at least 14 years old. If an underage person is using a scooter they must hold a bicycle driving licence.


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