France introduces new rules for the use of electric scooters after hundreds of vehicle incidents, including several deaths.
Riders will have to be at least 1
The maximum speed of two-wheeled vehicles will also be limited until next year.
Electronic scooters, which can travel at more than 50 km / h (30 m / h), are growing in popularity, due in part to their low environmental impact
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Other rules in force include:
- Sidewalk driving will be prohibited, except in designated areas and then only at walking speed
- Only one rider will be allowed per device and mobile phones will not be permitted
- Users cannot interfere with traffic flow and must use bicycle paths when available  Ride rs will not be able to wear headphones while on their scooter
- Until next July, the maximum speed of scooters will be limited to 25 km / h
- high visibility helmet and clothing  Electronic scooters will be banned entirely on rural roads
Any infringement will be punished by a fine of € 135 (£ 116) and up to € 1500 for the speed limit.
Last weekend, a 25-year-old man was killed and a young woman seriously injured after a scooter they were riding in was struck by a car in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.
At least five scooter deaths have been reported in France, including the capital city of Paris and its suburbs and the eastern city of Reims.
About 15,000 scooters are offered for rent in Paris.
Dumping scooters have also become a serious problem in the city, many of which have been found in city parks and squares.
The ban on the parking of unreal sidewalk scooters was largely ignored, despite the threat of a fine of 35 euros.
Some are also thrown into the Seine River, leading some companies to salvage discarded scooters to try to recycle them. where possible.