73% of Spanish users of electric scooters circulate on the sidewalk

The increasingly widespread use of the electric scooter has brought more than one headache to the administration, especially with regard to legislation. Its day-to-day practicality for short and medium trips has made its popularity skyrocket, something that, in parallel, also has brought with it a misuse of these vehicles, as well as an increasing number of accidents. A study called “New Urban Mobility and Road Safety. Accident rate in the new displacement culture” has made public important data on the use given to these new electric vehicles that dominate our cities.

This study has been presented by the Direct Line Foundation in collaboration with the Spanish Foundation for Road Safety (FESVIAL). The results of the study have been carried out after surveying a total of 1,700 people in Spain, a number high enough to draw certain conclusions that should change.

The high costs of maintaining a motor vehicle, especially due to the rise in fuel prices or the purchase of the car itself, have caused the use and purchase of VMPs (Personal Mobility Vehicles) to skyrocket in recent months. Through this study it is deduced that Just over 44% of the Spanish population (17 million people) acknowledges being a regular or occasional user of one of these electric scooters or a electric bicyclewhile 60% see it as likely to be used in the short term.

However, the bad news emerges quickly and many drivers (38%) say that they have stopped using their electric scooter at the moment in which the DGT has begun to require the use of a helmet while driving. Additionally, 24% admit that they have stopped using it because of the ban on driving on the pavement. In the event that they were forced to register or register the vehicle, 50% of the drivers would get rid of their scooter.

Of the total number of respondents, it is concluded that 73% of electric scooter users circulate on city sidewalks, while 50% do so without a helmet and 45% have exceeded the speed limit of 25 km/h on more than one occasion. Of all the respondents, only 14% of them admit to habitually comply with all the regulations in force on the proper use of these VMP.

These figures show, according to the organizers of this study, the rise in personal accidents that have occurred on urban roads since 2011. In total, more than 4,700 fatalities have been caused by various causes (falls, run over, etc.). Added to this is the confirmation that, in the event that the majority of users rule out abiding by the new regulations of the DGT, around 5,500 victims could be suffered during the entire current decade, which would mean an increase in deaths of 830 (an additional 18% compared to the previous decade). But not only the number of possible deaths is estimated, but it also states that there will be a total of 700,000 accidents with more than 850,000 injuries of varying severity.

Finally, the study specifies in order that the autonomous communities with the highest accident rate are Madrid, Extremadura and Castilla y León, while the ones with the fewest claims are Asturias, Aragón and, lastly, the Canary Islands. Of the total number of respondents, 9% claim to have suffered an accident or a fall on their journey on a scooter or electric bicycle.

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