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    Rules and Regulations of Electric Scooter in Different Countries

    Rules and Regulations of Electric Scooter in Different Countries

    If you have or you are thinking of getting an electric scooter, you need to understand the rules and regulations that guide the ownership and, the use of an electric scooter in the area where you live.

    In many countries, the electric scooter is considered much like a bicycle, so basically, you can use them just like you would a regular bicycle. While in yet some other countries, the electric scooter is considered a vehicle and as such, has to fulfil the same requirements as another roadworthy vehicle.

    Since the electric scooter is not exactly a vehicle, classifying it is usually a task. It cannot exactly be classified as a vehicle, and it is not exactly a bicycle either. However, there are some other countries that have laws which govern the specific use of electric motors and vehicles. Usually, these laws are centred on the maximum speed of these vehicles. The laws also cover the kind of engine that these vehicles can have, the maximum power the engines are allowed to carry, and, in what areas these vehicles can be operated at top speed.

    As a result of all of this technicalities and loopholes, there is no one electric scooter that we can say is found to be absolutely legal in every country. While the rules and regulations of owning and operating an electric scooter vary from country to country, there are certain legalities that should be looked into generally before you decide to acquire or use an electric scooter legally.

    Acquiring a License

    While in most countries, there is no talk of a license being necessary in order to operate an electric scooter, in some other countries, they are a requirement.

    Accessible and Restricted Areas

    Because the electric scooter is not a full-on vehicle, and neither is it a common bicycle, it can be allowed in many countries on public roads, provided that there is a provision of a cycle path. Meanwhile, in some countries, the electric scooter, since it is not a vehicle can also be used on bicycle lanes.

    The Use of a Safety Helmet

    In most countries, there is a law stating that electric scooter riders must wear a safety helmet. However, in some other countries, you would find that the use of a safety helmet when operating an electric scooter is only for electric scooter riders going above a certain speed limit or for riders below a certain age limit.

    As different countries generally have different laws regarding vehicles, and some countries have their specific laws regarding electric vehicles, it is not easy to pinpoint specific rules and regulations of electric scooters that can be applicable to a vast range of countries.

    Examples of some countries and their rules as regards the electric scooter are:

    Germany

    • The maximum speed limit is 20kph
    • Helmets are compulsory when travelling above 20kph
    • Insurance and insurance plates are compulsory
    • Cycle paths must be available for riding an electric scooter on a public road
    • Engine power is restricted to 500watts
    • Electric vehicles must be vetted as road worthy

    USA, California

    • Wearing of a helmet is compulsory for certain states.
    • The maximum speed limit is 15mph in certain states.
    • Riding in a bike lane is only allowed in streets with speed limit above 25mph
    • Riding an electric scooter in the street means that you must ride as close to the curb on the right side as possible

    Suitable electric scooters for use in USA: EMOVE Cruiser, EMOVE Touring, EMOVE 2.0 and the ORCA Mark I.

    UK

    In the UK, electric scooters are better known as electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPC). The laws which govern them include:

    • An EAPC is required to have a pedal propelling it.
    • The EAPC must be able to show either the manufacturer of the motor or the power output of the engine.
    • The EAPC must also be able to show, either the maximum speed of the bike or the voltage of the battery of the bike
    • The EAPC can only be used on public roads where there are cycle paths, or on streets with bike lanes.

    Australia and New Zealand

    • Children between the age of 12 and 16 can only ride with parental supervision
    • A license is not required for operating an electric scooter
    • Unsupervised rides are allowed from aged 16 and above
    • The maximum speed limit is 25mph
    • Rides on electric scooters are only allowed on paths
    • Electric scooter rides are not allowed on public roads or bicycle lanes

    Singapore

    • Riders need to register their electric scooter with the local transportation authority government
    • Registrants have to be at least 16 years old 
    • Registered electric scooters must be compliant with the device criteria (Device weighs < 20kg | 70cm in maximum width | 25km/hour in maximum motorised device speed)
    • Requires a registration mark sticker on their electric scooter
    • $2,000 fine/imprisonment up to 3 months for unregistered electric scooters
    • UL2272 Standard certification required for all electric scooters used in Singapore.

    France

    • The maximum speed limit of 25kph with a fine if exceeded
    • Electric scooters cannot be ridden on pavements
    • Headphones are prohibited while riding
    • Electric scooters must be road worthy
    • Riders are legal from the ages of 8 upwards
    • A helmet is required for riders below the ages of 12

    The best thing to do would be to research the rules and regulation of the electric scooter specific to the area in which you live.

    Disclaimer: You are able to purchase high quality electric scooters from VORO (www.voromotors.com) 

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    Advantages and Disadvantages to Use Electric Scooter In 2019

    Advantages and Disadvantages to Use Electric Scooter In 2019

    If you read our blog often, you should have already seen several articles in which we talked about the features of our electric scooter. It has a good contribution to the care of the environment, reduction in pollution that is causing so many health problems to people who live in urban centres, saving on fuel, and more. 

    Today, we are going to talk about one of the electric vehicles most demanded by companies and professionals. Moreover, thousands of tourists who want to enjoy their holiday also use these two wheels vehicle: the electric scooter. 

    First of all, you must know that an electric scooter is not a toy. It is a means of transport, yes, with a lot of fun. Some models are capable of reaching speeds above 60 km/h; even if they only reach 25 km/h, the accidents can provoke a lot of damage, both the driver and the potential person run over.

    Disadvantages of the electric scooter

    Like everything in this life, a vehicle with as many features as the electric scooter also has certain disadvantages. As you can see, these are not big problems, but it is essential to at least know about them: 

    • Low speed: This disadvantage is not common to all electric scooters. However, it should be noted that in some models, the electric bike has smaller wheels than a traditional motorcycle which can affect its cruising speed.
    • The charging time: Charging the battery of an electric scooter takes more time than refuelling for a scooter with a combustion engine. It is not a common disadvantage to all electric bikes, but in some cases and models, the battery of an electric scooter can be discharged more quickly at low temperatures.
    • Recharging points: the extension of the network of charging points for electric motorcycles is a pending issue that many countries still have, including the United States. However, with a large battery capacity in EMOVE Cruiser, you can travel up to 62 miles on a single charge.
    • Laws: Countries like Singapore, has strict laws such as registering the electric scooter with the local transport authority, in order to get a license and permit to use the electric scooter in public. 

    Advantages of the electric scooter

    Let's see how some of the main advantages of choosing to buy an electric scooter in 2019: 

    • Storage space: The electric scooter has an area under the seat that allows us to carry bags, packages or backpacks in any comfort.
    • Fuel savings: One of the significant advantages of the electric scooter is substantial for the pocket of the final consumer: the considerable savings in gasoline.
    • Freedom: Get from Point A to Point B fast, no more waiting for the bus, waiting for the taxi. Simply unfold your scooter and you are ready to go.
    • Ecology and respect for the environment: Every time we use an electric scooter we are contributing our bit to that ecological spirit that should be present in our daily lives.
    • Lower maintenance cost among many other differences with gasoline engines: The electric motor does not need to spend time or money on maintenance tasks such as oil changes, filters, etc.
    • Lower acoustic impact: Although some detractors of the electric scooter wield the argument that "it does not make noise" we have to keep in mind that noise pollution is one of the severe problems of the current urban society. It has been shown that street noise reduces between 30% and 40% the productivity of people working in the environment. However, the constant noise suffered by the motorcyclist affects his concentration on the road over time and to their levels of stress, anxiety, and aggression. Electric scooter, on the other hand, is less noisy.

    I don’t know what you think about the electric scooter, but for us, it is a clean, fast and agile way to get around the city. There are many advantages offered by this way of driving through large cities. It makes more and more people prefer to move in this way.

    If you want to know more about the scooters make sure to check out our catalogue on Voro Motors. We provide best-in-class electric scooter with safety lighting and ergonomic design. Get yours today!

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    4 Practical Reasons To Get An Electric Scooter TODAY!

    4 Practical Reasons To Get An Electric Scooter TODAY!

    The electric scooters are extremely popular because they are considered to be a practical commuting tool. Usage of escooter differs among users, no matter what you are looking to use it for, chances are, we will have an e-scooter that fits your needs. Still on the fence whether you should get one? Perhaps this article will be very useful for you!

    Here are the TOP 4 REASONS why you should own an e-scooter today, very practical reasons. 

    1. BUDGET BUDGET, BUDGET!

    The price of an e-scooter can range from as low as $350 – $2000. (quality ones, anything below $350 you should be very skeptical) As the price increases, so does the size, functions and specification of the e-scooter. The most expensive e-scooter is still cheaper than a regular motorcycle, which explains its popularity here. Not to mention, it is free from petrol and parking fees.

    2. Easy to maintain

    Couldn't stress this point enough, there are not much you need to do in order to "maintain" your E-Scooter. Apart from the once-in-the-blue-moon unlucky punctured tires, there are almost nothing much you need to do except keeping it safe from water splashes. We know many users that do not even change their tires after 2 years of usage. It's completely up to you!

    3. Eco-friendly alternative transport 

    Especially in cities, where parking lots are scarce and the air is particularly polluted by exhaust gases, electric scooters make an environmentally friendly contribution in terms of mobility. On average, a car emits 164.2 grams of CO2 per kilometer traveled. An electric scooter does not emit CO2 and consumes very little electricity. 

    For people who have a commute that is not more than 30 kilometers, it is worth the purchase. The range of the electric scooter is with a fully charged battery between 30 and 100 kilometers - and rising. If you want to play it safe, take the scooter charger to work and charge the battery on site, easy peasy.

    4. Timer saver - Get around places fast

    No more waiting for buses or squeezing into packed trains early in the morning. Thinking of going to the Mcdonald's to pick up a burger but it's 5km away? Turn on your electric scooter and you can be there in 10 mins. How does that sound?