France is bringing in new rules for the use of electric scooters following hundreds of incidents involving the vehicles, including several deaths.

From Saturday, riders will be required to be at least 12 and will not be able to ride their scooter on the pavement. The two-wheeled vehicles’ top speed will also be capped by next year.

Other rules coming into force include:

  • Riding on the pavement will be prohibited unless in designated areas, and then at walking speed only
  • Only one rider will be allowed per device, and no mobile phone use will be allowed
  • Users cannot go against the traffic flow and must use cycle paths where available
  • Riders will not be allowed to wear headphones while on their scooter
  • By next July, the scooters’ top speed will be capped at 25km/h
  • Users riding on permitted faster roads must wear a helmet and high-visibility clothing
  • E-scooters will be banned completely on country roads

Any infringement will be punished by a fine of €135 (£116), and up to €1,500 for going over the speed limit.

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