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 until 7 November

IGNACIO LILLO / FRANCISCO JIMÉNEZ

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 was launched in Malaga on Monday, 25 October, which will run until 7 November. It will involve special controls 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 towns with more than 100,000 inhabitants. 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 such, in another 35.

The DGT has also reminded users that riding electric scooters and bicycles on the pavements is a serious violation of the new traffic code that carries a penalty of 200 euros. Riding with headphones or a passenger is illegal and wearing a helmet is obligatory on the road.