Can I ride electric skateboards in my country ? What are the rules ?
Electric skateboards legal framework can be very different depending on the country. In many countries the legal frame just doesn't exist yet. We try to provide a comprehensive view of the current regulations per countries but keep in mind that this information is just a guideline based on what we know and it may not always be up to date. We will try to link the sources so that you can double check.
If there is no legal frame for electric skateboards in your country, here are a few recommendations :
- Always ride on bike lanes if possible. Otherwise, follow how bicycles circulate.
- Do not ride on sidewalks faster than a walking pace. Avoid interfering with pedestrians.
- Control your speed : make sure you always ride at a speed you would be comfortable without the motors.
- Anticipate as much as you can : The faster you ride, the longer it takes to brake and stop. Anticipate other people's behavior, considering that they might not know yours.
- Always give priority to other people (pedestrians, bikes, cars...) : they might not have noticed your skateboard is motorized and anticipate your moves.
- Wear protection equipment and make sure you are visible even in case of poor visibility (front and rear lights, reflective wear).
Decree # 2019-1082 concerning the personal mobility devices - including electric skateboards - has been adopted. Riding electric skateboards in public places is now legal.
What are the rules for the rider ?
You must drive on bike paths. In the absence of bicycle paths, you can circulate:
- On roads limited to 50 km/h
- On pedestrian areas, provided you drive at a moderate pace (6km/h) and do not interfere with pedestrians
- Traffic on the sidewalks is prohibited, unless the mayor authorizes it.
- You can also ride on private roads
Parking on sidewalks is allowed, as long as it does not interfere with pedestrians. However, the mayor may decide to ban it.
You must be at least 12 years old and ride at a maximum speed of 25 km/h. The vehicle can only carry one person at a time.
The rider must wear retro-reflective equipment at night or in case of insufficient visibility during the day.
The user must have a liability insurance. This insurance covers the damage caused to others (pedestrian injuries, material damage on another vehicle, ...). It is recommended to contact your insurer to adapt your home insurance policy or take out a specific insurance policy.
What are the rules about the vehicle ?
The vehicle rules are currently under validation by the Central Committee of Standardization (NF EN 17128)
From 1 July 2020, your board will have to be equipped with a braking system, a horn, front and rear lights and a front reflective device.
Although our current boards (Nimbus and Halokee) are faster than 25Km/h, we recommend to put lights and reflective strip on your board and avoid using the fastest mode in public places. We are making the necessary adaptations so that the POWERKIT complies with to these rules by then.
Electric skateboards are legal in Denmark since 1/1/2019. You must be over 15 years old, wear lights even during the day and ride slower than 20 Km/h.
Electric skateboards are legal and assimilated to Segways. The rules are the same as bikes but you are limited to 20 Km/h.
Electric skateboards are in the same category as bicycles.
Electric skateboards are currently unlegislated. Electric scooters, Onewheels and Hoverboards are banned from public places.
Electric skateboards are in the bike category. You are limited to 20 km/h, need to wear lights reflectors, a ring or a horn, and have brakes. You don't need any specific insurance.
Electric skateboards are still banned from public places in Germany. The government si working on a regulation that might include electric skateboards in the coming months.
In Spain it depends on the city rule. For example, electric skateboards are allowed in Barcelona which is a great place to ride.
Italy limits the speed of electric skateboards to 30 Km/h. They are allowed in pedestrian areas, sidewalks, roads and bike lanes as long as a city decides otherwise.
At the moment electric skateboards are forbidden on public areas.