E-scooters in Luxembourg are currently treated the same as low-speed e-bikes
Owners and renters of electric scooters and other small-sized mobility gadgets will soon have more clarity on their legality in Luxembourg.
A working group is compiling recommendations for a legal framework for the use of such vehicles and possible changes in the highway code is expected to present its first findings by the end of 2019.
Although there is no specific regulation, currently, vehicles like electric scooters are treated like e-bikes in Luxembourg--their use is only permitted on cycle paths and roads. Germany applies a similar ruling, which is enshrined in its highway code. In September 2019, France introduced a ban on their use on roads.
Responding to three parliamentary questions (1308, 1320, 1321) on the subject, transport minister François Bausch (déi gréng) said the safety of all road users was primordial in all decisions. Indeed, the use of e-scooters had stoked debate about their safety following a number of deaths and serious accidents.
E-scooters made headlines in Luxembourg in October when Bird released a fleet of 250 kick scooters in Luxembourg without consulting the local authority. The city council asked the firm to remove the scooters on the grounds of public safety. Speaking at a City Breakfast press briefing on 23 October, city mayor Lydie Polfer explained that seven such firms had contacted the authority with a view to establishing similar schemes over the previous two years. She said that the city was not interested in an open access electric scooter system.