Municipalities in Estonia to decide on electric scooter speed limits

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The Ministry of Economy has finalized amendments to the Road Traffic Act, which, among other things, will give municipalities the right to impose speed limits on electric scooters, specify parking rules and increase the penalties for their use while under the influence of alcohol.

Municipalities will be given the right to impose a speed limit of 15 km/h between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. The current nationwide limit of 25 km/h, while remain in place in those areas where local municipalities does not opt to change it.

According to the law, cycling and riding mopeds while under the influence of alcohol is currently punishable by a fine of up to €40. However, this appears to have had limited effect on reducing the use of scooters while drunk. Therefore, the explanatory memorandum of the new draft bill states, that fines for drunken scooter use will be raised to €400, bringing them into line with those handed out for driving cars while intoxicated.  

The draft bill also includes the introduction of an alcohol limit for electric scooter users, cyclists, moped riders, with a maximum of 0.50 milligrams of alcohol per gram of blood or 0.25 milligrams per liter of breath, allowed.

Concrete rules related to the parking of light vehicles including bicycles and scooters will also become clearer as a result of the draft bill.

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