Electric scooters: the obligation to use arrows and double brakes is triggered

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From today 30th September some new rules for electric scooters come into force. For the new models, in fact, the obligation to have arrows and the double brake is triggered.

This decree enters into force on the fifteenth day following the publication in the Official Journal of the Italian Republic. It is mandatory to apply to all new electric scooters marketed in Italy from September 30, 2022.

However, there are new features; also for scooters gi & agrave; in circulation . In fact, they will have to adapt by January 1, 2024 .

The electric scooters already have; in circulation in Italy before 30 September 2022 must be adjusted, as regards the presence of the turn indicators and the braking system on both wheels, by 1 & deg; January 2024, pursuant to art. 1 paragraph 75-bis of law no. 160 of 27 December 2019.

For the adaptation, the owners of an electric scooter must use a specially provided kit for their model.

In this case & egrave; users are obliged to comply with the aforementioned requirements, using kits specifically designed for their scooter. The aforementioned kits must guarantee the maintenance of compliance; to directive no. 2006/42/EC to which electric scooters must comply.

THE NEW OBLIGATIONS

Let's go into the details of the new technical obligations that came into force starting today. Let's start with the braking system that will have to; act on both wheels to ensure better safety. This is exactly what the legislation provides.

Electric scooters must have brakes on both wheels. The braking device must be independent for each axle and must be such as to act promptly and effectively on the respective wheels. The independent braking devices, one on the front wheel and the other on the rear, can act on the wheel (tire or rim) or on the hub, or, in general, on the transmission components.

As mentioned, what is written is only valid for the new scooters but from 1 January 2024 it will be; also valid for vehicles already; In circulation. Now we come to the direction indicators. The legislation specifies in detail also the characteristics that must satisfy .

The turn indicators must be amber in color. The flashing must occur at the frequency of f = 1.5 & plusmn; 0.5 Hz with pulse duration greater than 0.3 s, measured at 95% intensity maximum brightness. These indicators must be placed both in front and rear position with respect to the driver and symmetrically to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, at a height between a minimum of 150 mm and a maximum of 1400 mm from the ground. If they are positioned in such a way that they are visible both from the front and from the rear (for example on the handlebars), only two turn indicators are sufficient. The other characteristics of the turn indicators must comply with the requirements for the rear lights of bicycles by art. 224 of the regulation implementing the new highway code but with an intensity of the light emitted not less than 0.3 candles in the application of paragraph 5 of art. 224.

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