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Special DGT clampdown on bikes and electric scooters using the pavements

Spain's Directorate-General for Traffic will increase surveillance and controls in large towns and cities in a special campaign that runs from 25 October until 7 November

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Spain's national roads authority, the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT), is clamping down on people using bikes and electric scooters on the pavement, where it is already banned under national regulations, which oblige people to use bike lanes or, in their absence, the public road.

A campaign has been launched in Malaga this Monday, 25 October, and it will run until 7 November. It will involve a special control and surveillance of bicycles and ‘personal mobility vehicles’ on the pavements, with the support and collaboration of the main Local Police forces on the Costa del Sol.

The campaign is aimed at those municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, so it will affect Marbella and Malaga city. The accident statistics of these forms of transport in the six months between 1 January and 30 June show that on urban roads in the province, bicycles have been involved in 86 accidents and scooters and the like, in another 35.

Riding electric scooters and bicycles on the pavements is a serious violation of the new traffic code that carries a penalty of 200 euros.

The DGT has also reminded that riding with headphones is banned and that a helmet is mandatory for scooters when they go on the road, and that they cannot carry passengers. The person responsible for any incident is the driver, or their parents, if it is a minor.

Information campaign

“The reality is that not all users respect the rules, some due to mere ignorance, and it is common to see scooters riding on the pavements, a behavior that not only generates complaints from the public but is also dangerous for pedestrians”, admit the DGT.

For this reason, in parallel to the surveillance campaign, this state authority has launched a new information campaign which aims to raise awareness with slogans on buses, radio advertisements and on digital media and social media networks nationwide.