Scooter in Palma, Mallorca

Prosecutor calling for tighter controls.

23-06-2021Pere Bota

The state prosecutor for road safety, Bartolomé Vargas, has sent instruction to local police forces to intensify alcohol and drugs controls of cyclists and users of scooters. In this instruction, he says that police should act with "greater rigour" in immobilising or taking away these vehicles if they are a risk.

Vargas is calling for more publicity so that cyclists and users of personal mobility vehicles (PMVs) "know that they have to respect the rules". He intends promoting legislative amendment to make insurance obligatory for bikes and PMVs. Along with insurers and businesses, he is studying formulas for insurance cover in case of accidents. Vargas is highlighting the "irresponsibility" of cyclists and PMV users who have no insurance and who therefore load costs on to people who are injured.

The prosecutor has told police forces that they should investigate the cause of accidents and whether there is any insurance. He has issued a reminder that a cyclist or PMV user who is guilty of reckless homicide can be jailed for up to nine years, while sentences for causing injury are, depending on the nature of injury, up to six years and nine months.

There is, Vargas has added, "indiscriminate" sale of mopeds, bikes and PMVs that do not comply with regulations. As an example, some scooters have no precautionary features, and this is an infringement of the legislation.

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nigel / Hace 3 months

If covid does not get you, a scooter will. No vaccination against scooters, not that residents here have much chance in getting vaccinated till the beginning of autumn. Yup, the roll out is going well.

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Majorca fan / Hace 3 months

In the U.K. this type of vehicle can only be ridden on the highway if supplied by a rental company so all insurance and other issues are legal. This does not stop illegal use of privately owned scooters by irresponsible people. The rental scooters get misused by young drunks speeding on roads and pavements. Only this weekend a 50yr old visiting my city lost control of a scooter and was killed. Imagine Magaluf in full flight with scooters available it will be carnage if my city with a large student population is anything to go by. Maybe it’s all a cunning plan to provide organ donors seriously powered scooters are dangerous.

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