Dear @EU_Commission would you mind taking a look at the situation wrt small electric scooters? While most countries classify them similar to e-bicycles (as in no insurance or license plate needed), Germany plans to regulate them in the most complicated way. Why not EU-wide rules?
The proposed german #EKFV demands national certification as motor vehicle, insurance, an insurance plate, max speed of 20 km/h, max 500W while Austria says 25 km/h, 600W and same rules as electric bicycles.
It seems that we will not be able in Germany to legally ride e-scooters that can be bought and are perfectly legal to ride in other countries. From a competitive perspective an IMHO absurd situation in the Single Market.
The German proposal, which will be voted on 2019-05-17 in Bundesrat, is 24(!) pages of complicated rules and requirements [1]. The Austrian version is half a page [2].

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#Micromobility is an important topic IMHO. It would be so much better if the regulations are unified across the EU and not scattered in country-specific, highly incompatible ways.
We have more or less unified (simple!) rules on electric bicycles. Classifying elctric scooters like the Xiaomi M365, Segway ES2 as variants of that would be a pragmatic, simple and fast solution.
While the Xiaomi M365 is around 350€, the two models that fulfil the german requirements are either the Metz Mover at 1999€ or the BMW X2City at 2499€. This is madness IMHO.
It is 2019. Not 1920. We are talking about simple and small electric scooters. Why do I say 1920? Because at that time we actually had such scooters on the road everywhere in Europe. See…
I for one would LOVE to be able to commute with my M365. And take it with me on public transport for bigger distances here in Munich.
The rules for PEDELECs are simple and unified across the EU. 250W Motor. Assisted up to 25 km/h. EU conformity declaration. CE compliant. Done. No insurance, no drivers license, treated as bicycles. Would be somsimple to extend that to scooters.
The Xiaomi M365 tries to be compliant already. You have to push it to at least 6 km/h before the electric drivetrain kicks in. It has two separate braking mechanisms (disk brake and electric brake), lights front and back, a bell.
Just treat those scooters as PEDELECs. Max 25 km/h, Max 250W or 600W motor. Done. So much CO2 saved. Charging my M365 costs 0,11€. With a realistic range of 15 km. Allows me to commute instead of using a car.
I’m not talking about Lime or Bird or other rental solutions. I’m talking about actually owning a scooter. At 350€ a no-brainer. But when the only legal scooters are I the 2000+€ range, it stops making sense.
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