Article updated in October 2023

So you've decided to buy an electric and buy an electric scooter? Do you already own your Wiizzee your Wiizzee electric scooter? This page summarizes the various (and recommendations) if you own or use an electric scooter. or user of an electric scooter.

What are the regulations in France?

Regulations governing the use of electric of electric scooters in France have been updated to September 1 September 2023.

  • You must use on a bicycle path if one exists. If there isn't one you can ride on roads with a speed limit of 50km/h, or on pedestrian areas if your speed is moderate (maximum 6km/h). However, be sure to find out about specific legislation in your city: for example, the city of Lille Lille, for example, prohibits the use of electric scooters. drivers to dismount in the city center. The on the sidewalk. Failure to comply with this is subject to a fixed fine of 135€.
  • Parking on sidewalks sidewalks is authorized, provided it does not hinder pedestrians. However, the mayor may decide to prohibit it.
  • You must be at least 14 years old to use it, and not 12 years as was previously the case.
  • The maximum is 25 km/h.
  • Your electric scooter cannot carry more than one person at a time. If you you risk a fixed fine of of €135.
  • You must wear retro-reflective equipment when driving at night or in poor visibility during the day.
  • Your machine must be equipped with a braking system, horn, lights (front and rear) lights (front and rear) and rear and side reflectors. reflectors.
  • Wearing a helmet helmets are not compulsory, but are strongly recommended, especially especially for young drivers.
  • Alcohol and narcotics : It is forbidden to drive an electric scooter under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
  • Third-party liability insurance is compulsory, to cover damage caused caused to you and to others (e.g. damage to another vehicle, pedestrian to another vehicle, if a pedestrian is injured, etc.).
  • We recommend that you not use your phone to make calls, send text messages or listen to or listen to music

What are the regulations in Belgium?

In Belgium, regulations concerning scooters is governed by the regional authorities. However, the regions of Brussels-Capital, Flanders and Wallonia have Wallonia have relatively similar rules, updated to July 1 July 2022.

  • You must be at least 16 years old to use it
  • You cannot use your electric scooter on sidewalks. In a pedestrian zone, the possibility of riding will be indicated by a a traffic sign.
  • You cannot ride two (or more) people on an electric scooter
  • It is not your scooter just anywhere: there are no-parking zones There are no-parking zones, mandatory parking zones and authorized parking zones on the sidewalk. on the sidewalk.
  • The maximum of your electric scooter is 25km/h
  • The scooter must be equipped with front and rear position lights

In addition to following traffic rules, other factors also contribute to ensuring safety when using an electric scooter

  • Helmets are not mandatory but strongly recommended
  • You need to be visible, for example by wearing light-coloured clothing and reflective accessories
  • Telephone use is not recommended, as it leads to a loss of concentration on the the road and driving
  • Civil liability is not mandatory, but strongly recommended recommended

What about other countries?

On the whole, all countries respect the same the same spirit of the law, with a few minor variations between what is mandatory (from a legal point of view) and recommended (from a safety). For example, front and rear lights are compulsory in most countries braking and audible warning systems. The tolerance for the number of people riding a scooter is one person only. However, there are nuances, such as maximum speed. maximum speed.

In Germany, for example, it is strictly forbidden to ride on the sidewalk, even if the engine is switched off. only on cycle paths or, failing that, roads. It It is compulsory to take out motor liability insurance liability insurance ("Kfz-Haftpflichtversicherung"). sticker, called a "Versicherungsplakette", on the vehicle and be able to provide a be able to provide a certificate. The vehicle must be declared and registered. It is also forbidden to drive in Germany with a scooter model that has not been issued with a German certificate (Betriebserlaubnis), on pain of a €70 fine.

In Italy, in addition to insurance insurance, the Italian code also requires a number plate to facilitate identification in the event of an incident by the by the authorities. In addition to the braking and lighting braking and lighting systems, a horn is compulsory, and indicators must be fitted as standard. Helmets are compulsory for everyone not just for minors.