On Tuesday, 9 March, Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee concluded work on amendment for the Road Traffic Law to extend legislation for electric scooter users, BNN was told by the parliament’s press-service.
The current legislation in Latvia does not clearly outline road traffic rules for electric scooters, as authors mentioned in the annotation, stressing that as the number of electric scooters increases so do the risks for road traffic, especially pedestrians. Last year electric scooters were involved in 88 road traffic accident in Latvia, as reported by State Police.
It is planned to include in the law a definition of an electric scooter, specifically that it is a vehicle fitted with an electric engine able to reach a speed of up to 25 km/h, no pedals, steering wheel or arm rest connected to the foot surface with room for one person.
Persons aged at least 14 will be permitted to drive an electric scooter. Persons at least 18 years old will not require a driver’s license to drive an electric scooter. Persons aged 14 to 17 years, however, will require bicycle or other category driver’s license, the legislative act provides.
The requirement to register electric scooters is also planned to be included in the law – similarly to bicycles, registration of electric scooters is planned to be voluntary. Violations committed while driving an electric scooter will be penalized the same way as bicycle violations.
The legislative draft also provides clarified rules for cyclists, as well as clarifies the definitions of a moped, tricycle, motorcycle, quadricycle and bicycle.
Aside from other rules, it is planned to allow residents with driver’s license issued in the UK to be allowed to drive vehicles.
For amendments to come to force, they have to be approved by the Saeima in the final reading.