There is currently increasing evidence that various electric vehicles can be legally used by private users in Germany. Where e-scooters, hoverboards and electric unicycles are currently only allowed to drive on private property, they should soon be legalized for cycle paths and streets; of course with some conditions and requirements. In the following I have summarized how the facts and circumstantial evidence are shaping up for you. If you don't have any points of contact with the topic yet, you can also take a look at these posts: My new hobby: learning to ride an electric unicycle (EUC) / With the electric unicycle KingSong KS 18 L through the dirty German winter weather.
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Notes on legalization in the Handelsblatt
“Micromobility” is used in the Reuters written. It is said that the Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CDU) in particular now wants to push for quick solutions in this direction. According to Handelsblatt, a regulation has been in preparation in the Ministry of Transport for several months, paving the way for e-scooters, hoverboards and electric unicycles on German bike paths and roads. In particular, the guidelines regarding “vehicles with handlebars” are as good as finished. But before it becomes valid legal texts, the European Commission and the Federal Council have to look over it.
E-vehicles without a handlebar, i.e. hoverboards and unicycles, should also receive an exception regulation; and that until mid-2019. If the Federal Council waves through the approval of such vehicles on German roads, this year there could be a real hype about this type of transport. The fact that not only the considerations of the minister and the ministry but also the economy are behind the coming legalization becomes clear when you look at the market for e-scooter rentals. The Handelsblatt reports on this as well.
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E-scooters and other e-vehicles in Germany - this must be taken into account
In addition to extensive mobility and saving on fuel costs, there are many other advantages of e-scooters, hoverboards and electric unicycles. In the coming regulation, it should be regulated that no license plates are required for the vehicles. One or two points that are supposed to prevent wild traffic chaos have already become public, others are still questionable. Here are the most important points on the subject for me from EUC drivers (EUC = Electric Unicycle):
- You don't need a license plate on the vehicle
- There is compulsory insurance; the insurance sticker must be attached to the device
- There is no obligation to wear a helmet (but I will still wear one)
- In the first drafts, the moped driving license was mentioned as a requirement, currently it is said that you will not need a driving license
- The maximum speed for the vehicles has not yet been set; technically, some electric unicycles already drive over 50 km / h - even if I don't want to try that out in real life
What do you think about the topic? Feel free to leave a comment;)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.