Personal mobility vehicles cannot travel on pavements and are not allowed on interurban roads, crossings, motorways, dual carriageways or urban tunnels.
The Directorate General of Traffic has created an informative video to raise awareness of the rules that users of personal mobility vehicles (PMVs) have to comply with when travelling in urban areas and to do so safely. In 2020, 8 deaths were recorded in this type of vehicle, 7 of them on urban roads and 1 on interurban roads, roads where their use is prohibited.
To help disseminate and reach the end-users of this means of travel, the main providers of shared personal mobility vehicles that can be found in cities and the Spanish Association of Digital Economy (Adigital) have collaborated to help spread the word and reach the end-users of this means of travel.
The video will be disseminated by the main providers of shared MPVs, with the aim that citizens who choose to travel in this type of vehicle will watch the video to learn about the basic regulations governing this new means of urban travel and the main safety tips.
Remembering the standard
Personal mobility vehicles, as established by the General Vehicle Regulations, are vehicles with one or more wheels, equipped with a single seat and propelled exclusively by electric motors that can provide the vehicle with a maximum design speed of between 6 and 25 km/h. They can only be equipped with a seat or saddle if they are equipped with a self-balancing system. This definition excludes vehicles for persons with reduced mobility.
The DGT has drawn up the Manual of characteristics of personal mobility vehicles, a regulatory document that sets out the technical characteristics that MPVs must meet in order to be able to circulate on the roads and the obligation for these vehicles to have been certified by the competent bodies.
They cannot circulate on pavements and are prohibited on interurban roads, crossings, motorways, dual carriageways or urban tunnels.
Their drivers are subject to the same maximum alcohol levels as those permitted by the Road Safety Law, as well as to the prohibition of driving with drugs in the body.
They are also prohibited from wearing headphones, using a mobile phone or any other device while driving.
The recent Traffic Law establishes the obligation for drivers of MPVs to wear protective helmets, under the terms to be determined by regulation. The DGT is already working on this regulatory development in conjunction with local councils and stakeholders.