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

Always drive safely

#1What is the minimum age to ride an electric scooter or 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 in Valencia and Barcelona it is 16.

#2 Do I need a driving license?

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 speed by design between 6 and 25 km / h). Yes, you must carry a DNI and a certificate of circulation (it will be mandatory two years after the Manual of characteristics of personal mobility vehicles is published in the Official State Gazette).

#3 Where can I ride?

In principle, through the same places as a conventional bicycle: mainly through the bike lanes, zone 30. Never on the sidewalk or pedestrian areas (except in cases where there is a delimited bike lane). It is forbidden to circulate on interurban roads, crossings, highways and motorways. In the bike lanes you must circulate in the direction of travel. You must also park in the designated areas; In some cities, like Barcelona,

4# What is the mandatory kit?

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

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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 measure of personal protection, 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 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 receive 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 through pedestrian areas and sidewalks
  • 500-1000€ (plus immobilization of the vehicle) from driving under the influence of alcohol
  • 1000€ for driving under the influence of drugs

8# Can you take points from my driving license?

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

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