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electric scooter - rules?

what are the rules regarding the electric scooters?
1) if 250W or below do they need license?
2) Needs to be driven in cycle path or foothpath?
3) Are they legally allowed for public use or private area only?

Something like one below:


Anyone in the forum using for daily commute?
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Old 08.01.2017, 17:53
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Re: electric scooter - rules?

Law regarding admission to traffic for any vehicle is SR 741.41 Verordnung über die technischen Anforderungen an Strassenfahrzeuge (no English version, you can change language in the following links at top right to French and Italian if that helps)

Scooter with an electro motor are covered in Art. 18 Letter b. VTS
They are classified as Motorfahrräder (Motor bicycles). The classification is important for traffic rules.
They may have up to 0.5 kW (that is 500 Watt), a top speed of driven on its own of 20 km/h, or may give electro support up to 25 km/h.

Special traffic rules that apply to them (apart from the normal, like priority from the right, red lights, etc.)

No need to wear a helmet. Art. 3b VRV

No need for a driving license Art. 5 Abs. 2 Lit e. VZV

No need for a license plate or special vehicle insurance Art. 6 Abs 1 Lit f VZV

You are allowed to use it on the road.

You must not use the side walk. The side walk is reserved for pedestrians, persons in manual wheelchairs, disabled persons in electric wheelchairs or on Segway like devices, and users of vehicle like means of transport only. Art. 43 SVG, Art. 43a, and Art 50 VRV (actully that is a general rule, but you asked).

You are allowed to use cycle lanes and paths. You cannot use pure footpaths Art. 33 SSV and Art. 42 Abs. 4 VRV

You must use the cycle lanes and path when it is next to a road. Art. 46 SVG

Where you can drive:
electric-scooter-rules-mofa-eralubt.jpg

Where you are not allowed to drive:
electric-scooter-rules-mofa-verbot.jpg

PS: Vehicle like means of transport are skateboards, roller and in-line skates, motor-less scooters, small kids bikes, dandy horses, etc. More or less anything with wheels and no motor, safe bigger bicycles and wheelchairs. http://www.bfu.ch/sites/assets/Shop/...e%20Geräte.pdf
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Re: electric scooter - rules?

Hi der, are you using the scooter on street now? I am also trying to use it for daily commuting. As it is not often seen here on street, did you have any issue with police? Or they admit the usage on public road?
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Re: electric scooter - rules?

@aSwissInTheUS - Thanks for the info!

@Jarvis: I originally planned to get electric scooter but given the rules being same as that of bicycle I dropped the idea.
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Re: electric scooter - rules?

Reviewed what I have wirtten.

I made a mistake. I wrong fully classified it as means of transport avccording to Art. 18 Letter d VTS. But those are Segway's which can have a power of uo to 2000 W.

The device shown, is a Art. 18. Letter b VTS which is only allowed to have a power of 500 W.

The rest remains the same. But I addes some further precisssion and remarks.
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Re: electric scooter - rules?

I have been recently stopped by police while driving this kind of e-scooter and they told me I am not allowed to drive it (except on private land) because these electric scooters are not yet registered in Switzerland as official means of transport. I really enjoyed getting around with my e-scooter but since the police freaked me out, I didn't drive it anymore...
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I have been recently stopped by police while driving this kind of e-scooter and they told me I am not allowed to drive it (except on private land) because these electric scooters are not yet registered in Switzerland as official means of transport. I really enjoyed getting around with my e-scooter but since the police freaked me out, I didn't drive it anymore...
Thanks for the update.
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Re: electric scooter - rules?

First off - thanks for this thread and to SwissInTheUS for posting the relevant law links which saved me much Googling.

One thing that has been bugging me lately is near where live in Albisrieden are quite a few tarmaced cycle / walking tracks going along the forest edges. A few times out running I've almost come a cropper from teenagers zooming up and down with mopeds - no helmets etc. In true EF grumpy-old-man fashion I have a mind to mention it at the local cop shop but I assume from the legal links that motorised 2-wheelers are allowed on such paths. Would appreciate the opinion of the EF armchair legal panel.

Other one is the cycle-lane-cum-pedestrian-underpass at Altstetten rail station. Have encountered MoFas zooming through - which doesn't seem safe, but if I read the posted legal links they are perfectly legit to be there.

I'm sure this post started out with a point. Forgotten it now.

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I have been recently stopped by police while driving this kind of e-scooter and they told me I am not allowed to drive it (except on private land) because these electric scooters are not yet registered in Switzerland as official means of transport. I really enjoyed getting around with my e-scooter but since the police freaked me out, I didn't drive it anymore...
I've had my Ridelec scooter since May this year. It's similar to the one pictured in the first post above. Top speed is around 12-20kph I think on flat road and has a range of around 50km. I don't go that fast anyway. But it takes 6-7 hours to recharge when the battery is empty.

I wear a helmet. I use bike lanes when available. Sometimes the sidewalks double as the bike lanes. If there is no bike lane I use the sidewalk if the road is too dangerous. If there is roadwork going on or cobblestones I have to use the sidewalk as my scooter doesn't have shock absorbers. I've tried to ride on some gravel bike paths but it wasn't very easy so I stay away from them.

I've never been stopped by police. I've rode past many police cars and police stations in Zürich without any problems. I've taken it on buses and trains - it folds up nicely and no SBB official or security officer has ever said I can't bring it on board.

The shop I bought it from explained that it is in the same class as an e-bike and so it can go anywhere a bike can go. The shop owners are extremely professional and sell only electric scooters and vehicles so they know exactly what the laws are.

I love my scooter and couldn't do what I need to do without it.

I hope you'll get over your fear. I think the police who stopped you are misinformed.
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I've had my Ridelec scooter since May this year. It's similar to the one pictured in the first post above. Top speed is around 12-20kph I think on flat road and has a range of around 50km. I don't go that fast anyway. But it takes 6-7 hours to recharge when the battery is empty.

I wear a helmet. I use bike lanes when available. Sometimes the sidewalks double as the bike lanes. If there is no bike lane I use the sidewalk if the road is too dangerous. If there is roadwork going on or cobblestones I have to use the sidewalk as my scooter doesn't have shock absorbers. I've tried to ride on some gravel bike paths but it wasn't very easy so I stay away from them.

I've never been stopped by police. I've rode past many police cars and police stations in Zürich without any problems. I've taken it on buses and trains - it folds up nicely and no SBB official or security officer has ever said I can't bring it on board.

The shop I bought it from explained that it is in the same class as an e-bike and so it can go anywhere a bike can go. The shop owners are extremely professional and sell only electric scooters and vehicles so they know exactly what the laws are.

I love my scooter and couldn't do what I need to do without it.

I hope you'll get over your fear. I think the police who stopped you are misinformed.
You will see from the link (in French) that you are not in any case allowed on the sidewalk. You are treated like an e-bike.

If you continue to ride on the sidewalk (for any reason) I would imagine that at some point you will be fined by the police.

Link: https://files.newsnetz.ch/upload//1/4/144197.pdf
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I've had my Ridelec scooter since May this year. It's similar to the one pictured in the first post above. Top speed is around 12-20kph I think on flat road and has a range of around 50km. I don't go that fast anyway. But it takes 6-7 hours to recharge when the battery is empty.

I wear a helmet. I use bike lanes when available. Sometimes the sidewalks double as the bike lanes. If there is no bike lane I use the sidewalk if the road is too dangerous. If there is roadwork going on or cobblestones I have to use the sidewalk as my scooter doesn't have shock absorbers. I've tried to ride on some gravel bike paths but it wasn't very easy so I stay away from them.

I've never been stopped by police. I've rode past many police cars and police stations in Zürich without any problems. I've taken it on buses and trains - it folds up nicely and no SBB official or security officer has ever said I can't bring it on board.

The shop I bought it from explained that it is in the same class as an e-bike and so it can go anywhere a bike can go. The shop owners are extremely professional and sell only electric scooters and vehicles so they know exactly what the laws are.

I love my scooter and couldn't do what I need to do without it.

I hope you'll get over your fear. I think the police who stopped you are misinformed.
Thanks Catflap for sharing your experience. I might get my scooter out again eventually. It got dusty and forgotten in the garage. Maybe in the meantime, all police got used to seeing e-scooters on the road.
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Re: electric scooter - rules?

I got stopped by the police in Interlaken tonight and they said it was illegal to use an electro scooter on the road. Only on private land. They said to look on the internet. I found many sites saying it was legal but then I found this http://www.swissroller.ch/swissrolle...%20gesetze.htm . Looks like it has to be an approved type!! I don't know if mine is(Lite One)It is under the maximum power rating but may not be approved! I need to call up the Strassenverkehrsamt and find out. At least they were nice enough to let me go with a warning.
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Re: electric scooter - rules?

Large majority of those scooters has no road approval, heck I would not even be surprised if only Segway has gone through the approval proces for those kick scooters.

Police seem not to be to bothered about it, but expect a lot of trouble if you get an accident, and since there are more and more they might start cracking down on them in future.

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