Electric mobility devices, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, are becoming increasingly popular as more people look for alternative modes of transportation that are eco-friendly and affordable. However, as with any new technology, there are concerns about safety and regulations. Different countries and cities have different rules and regulations for the usage of electric mobility devices, so it's important to know the local laws before hopping on one.
In Europe, e-bikes and e-scooters are regulated under the European Union's "Type Approval Regulation" (168/2013). This means that e-bikes and e-scooters must meet certain technical requirements and be approved by the EU before they can be sold or used in the EU. The maximum speed limit for e-bikes is 25 km/h, and riders are required to wear a helmet when riding on public roads. E-scooters are allowed on public roads in some countries, but riders must be at least 14 years old, and helmets are also required.
In the United States, regulations for electric mobility devices vary by state and city. Some states allow e-bikes and e-scooters on public roads, while others restrict their use to bike lanes or prohibit them altogether. For example, California allows e-bikes with a maximum speed of 28 mph on public roads, while New York only allows e-bikes with a maximum speed of 20 mph. E-scooters are allowed in some cities, but regulations vary. In some cities, e-scooters are only allowed on private property, while in others, they are allowed on public roads and bike lanes.
In Asia, regulations for electric mobility devices are also varied. In Japan, e-bikes are regulated by the Road Traffic Law, and riders must be at least 16 years old and wear a helmet. The maximum speed limit for e-bikes is 24 km/h. In Singapore, e-bikes are classified as either "power-assisted bicycles" or "motorized bicycles." Power-assisted bicycles are allowed on public roads and can have a maximum speed of 25 km/h, while motorized bicycles are not allowed on public roads. E-scooters are not allowed on public roads in Singapore.
In Australia, e-bikes are regulated by state and territory governments. In most states, e-bikes with a maximum speed of 25 km/h are allowed on public roads and bike paths, but riders must wear a helmet. E-scooters are not yet allowed on public roads in Australia, but some cities are conducting trials to test their safety and feasibility.
As electric mobility devices become more popular, it's important to be aware of the regulations in your area before riding them on public roads. Rules and regulations vary widely by country and city, so it's important to check local laws before buying or renting an electric mobility device. In general, riders should always wear a helmet and follow traffic laws to ensure their safety and the safety of others on the road.