Transport Malta’s Sustainable Mobility Unit has issued Guidelines for the Regulations of the Micromobility Class and devised a proposed regulatory framework compiled to address technology advancement and new travelling habits coupled with the high risk safety factor that accompanies the technologies falling under the Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEV) classification. The proposed regulations shall cover, exclusively, e-kickscooters.
The main highlights of the proposed regulations are the following:
Envisaging ‘Mobility-as-a-Service’, the proposed framework also seeks to regulate e-kickscooter sharing operations (free floating or with docking stations) whereby operators can apply for a licence from TM. The licence will be issued for a one year period, subject to renewal against a fee of Euro 200, with the fee of Euro 25 per scooter per year chargeable to the operator. Notably, such sharing service would need to be accompanied by a web-based real time booking system.
The above shall be implemented in terms of a revision to Part III Subsidiary Legislation 65.26 ‘Low-Powered Vehicles and Pedal Cycles Regulations’, and other PLEV (pedal cycles, power assisted cycles and pedelecs, mopeds, light quadricycles, self-balancing vehicles and very low-speed vehicles) shall continue to be regulated in terms of the respective parts of the mentioned legislation.
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