Proposals outlined for E-Kickscooter use

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A public consultation launched yesterday by the Ministry of Transport proposes that members of the public who use or want to ride e-kickscooter, must have a driving license in one of these categories: A (motorcycle) B (car), AM ( with a motor to a maximum speed of 45 kilometers per hour).

During a news conference yesterday morning, the Minister of Transport Ian Borg spoke about the importance of promoting “inter-modality and the use of alternative and sustainable means on the road network”. He said that there needed to be a balance between safety of those who use this mode of transport and thus there was a need to regulate.

Public consultation launched on the driving and licencing of e-Kickscooters

Key aspects of the consultation:

E-kickscooters, whether belonging to a service or used by private persons, must have insurance and are registered and licensed by Transport Malta. Transport Malta will issue an identification number of a registration sticker which can be affixed to the scooter.

  • A user must pay a one-time registration fee of  €11.65 and an annual license  €25.
  • The scooters can be driven only by persons licensed.
  • All scooters must have a headlamp.
  • A rider can ride at a maximum speed of 10 kilometers per hour on pavements and 20 kilometers per hour on minor roads. If the speed is greater than specified, a fine will be incurred.
  • Anyone who drives a scooter at night must wear a high visibility vest.
  • Helmets are recommended for safety.
  • A rider cannot use a tunnel with the scooter.
  • Parking of scooters will be restricted to areas identified by Transport Malta.
  • Businesses wishing to operate a scooter sharing system must obtain a license from Transport Malta.

“Not the right answer to a new mode of transport” – AD

Alternnativa Demokratika has said that the way the Transport Minister is approaching this new mode of transport is not correct. While they agree that specifying speed limits is acceptable, needing to license and registering them was ridiculous.