8 things you should know to drive your VMP (Personal Mobility Vehicle)

Always drive safely

#1 What is the minimum age to ride with a scooter or electric bike?

The municipal ordinance has the last word, but it is established as a general rule between 15-16 years. For example, of the 3 cities where scooters are used the most, in Madrid it is established at 15, while Valencia and Barcelona are 16.

#2 Do I need a circulation permit?

No, as long as they are considered VMP (one or more wheels equipped with a single seat and powered exclusively by electric motors that can provide the vehicle with a maximum design speed between 6 and 25 km/h). Yes, you must carry an ID and a circulation certificate (it will be mandatory two years after the publication of the Personal Mobility Vehicle Characteristics Manual in the Official State Gazette).

#3 Where can I circulate?

In principle, through the same places as a conventional bicycle: mainly through bike lanes, zone 30. Never on the sidewalk or pedestrian areas (except in cases where there is a designated bike lane). Driving on interurban roads, crossroads, highways and dual carriageways is prohibited. On bike lanes you must drive in the direction of travel. You must also park in designated areas; in some cities, such as Barcelona,

4# What is the mandatory equipment?

Apart from lights, brakes and bell, in some cases the use of a helmet is mandatory on bikes on interurban roads and always for children under 16 years of age. On scooters it is mandatory from September 2021. The use of reflective clothing or vest is recommended.

5# Is insurance mandatory?

Alicante, Barcelona and Benidorm require compulsory insurance from April 30, 2021. However, even if you do not live in these cities, DGT recommends taking out insurance as a personal protection measure, as well as that of third parties. Remember that for the purchase of a swiss+go bike we give you the first year of insurance (check validity)

6# Can I have a breathalyzer test while driving a scooter or bike?

Yes, Personal Mobility vehicles are subject to the same maximum alcohol rates established by the Road Safety Law. The prohibition of driving with the presence of drugs in the body is also expressly provided for.


7# What fines can I get according to the DGT regulations in 2021?

  • 100€ for circulating 2 people on a scooter
  • 200€ for driving while using the mobile phone, headphones, or by pedestrian areas and sidewalks
  • 500-1000€ (plus immobilization of the vehicle) for driving under the influence of alcohol
  • 1000€ for driving under the influence of drugs

8# Can points be taken from my driver's license?

No, committing an offense with a Personal Mobility Vehicle does not lead to the withdrawal of points from the driving license.

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