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Children under 15 years old will not be able to use electric scooters

A new law stipulates that minors under the age of 15 will not be able to use electric scooters, and that they can carry just one passenger.

A bill presented by the AKP party before the Turkish parliament introduces new rules on the use of popular electric scooters, which have already become an alternative mean of transport especially in large cities such as Istanbul or Ankara.

According to the draft of the law presented by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) before the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM), and which will foreseeably be approved since President Erdoğan’s party has an absolute majority in it, it will be mandatory to be at least 15 years old to ride an electric scooter or an electric bicycle in Turkey.

In addition, and according to Turkish media that had access to the draft, only one person – the driver – will be allowed on board of these scooters: that is, it will not be allowed to carry passengers; nor will it be allowed to carry large packages, with the exception of a small backpack or a bag on the back. The new law also specifies that these vehicles may circulate on bike lanes but also on urban roads.

It will be the competence and responsibility of the town councils of each municipality to enable charging points for electric batteries as well as special lanes for electric scooters, if necessary. In addition, the new law stipulates that city councils will be obliged to take into account the construction of bike lanes when planning their urban public transport plans.