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Brussels police hand out 250 fines for unsafe scooter use

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Brussels police hand out 250 fines for unsafe scooter use

Police in
the City of Brussels and Elsene are stepping up their checks on violations of
the rules by users of scooters and electric bikes in pedestrian precincts.  In only a couple of weeks 250 fines have been
meted out.

Police say
they have noticed a surge in infringements by people on scooters and
e-bikes.  More often than not speed is
the issue.

“Riding through
the pedestrian precinct among pedestrians at speed creates an unsafe
environment.  We will no longer tolerate
this” says David Stevens of the local police cycle brigade. “Riders are stopped
and have to leave their scooter or e-bike by the wayside”.

Brussels
police are anticipating new rules that are being introduced in law this
summer.  Users of electronic scooters
must be aged at least 16.  Scooters may
not be driven on the pavement and in pedestrian precincts speeds may not exceed
those of pedestrians.  Riding a scooter
in twos becomes illegal and strict parking rules will apply.

“It was
necessary to increase the age of use to 16 because it is only then that people become
accountable in traffic” Stevens explains. “Youngsters under the age of 16 are
not sufficiently aware of the dangers of this mode of transport.  The age limit also makes it easier to hand
out fines”.

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