Night restrictions on electric motors will continue

Speed ​​limits apply every night around Helsinki

Helsinki’s electric scooter operators – Voi, TIER and Lime – announced their willingness to extend the night speed limits for electric scooters to weekday evenings as well. In the future, the speeds of electric Scooters would be limited to 15 kilometers per hour every night of the week (between midnight and 5.00) and in all areas of Helsinki. Currently, night speed limits only apply in the city center.

Electric scooter operators are also ready to reduce the maximum speed of scooters from 25 km to 20 km / h. In many European cities, the maximum speed is already set at 20 km / h.

According to scooter operators, drunk driving at night could also be reduced by changing the places where scooters are available. To this end, companies plan to actively move scooters away from busy bar areas to reduce the likelihood of drunk driving.

“I welcome the joint commitment of the operators to improve safety, and we also discussed improving the infrastructure and parking facilities. Together with the users of the Scooters and the City of Helsinki, we agreed to study the possibility of temporarily disabling the scooters on the weekends next autumn, ”says the Minister of Transport and Communications. Timo Harakka.

“Measures related to legislative changes and restrictions may be reviewed and, if necessary, included in the road safety strategy. However, this has only been granted to certain localities and times of the day, so local authorities are taking on a key role as the party responsible for the security and order of urban space, ”says Minister Harakka.

What next?

The preparation of the road safety strategy will continue in the autumn in cooperation with stakeholders. Electric scooter operators are also taking practical steps to improve safety, including training users and adding a lower speed beginner mode to their scooters.

In the future, the goal is to avoid similar security problems as this summer. The key to this is adequate knowledge of traffic rules and a positive attitude towards complying with them.

Source: Ministry of Transport and Communications

Source: The Nordic Page





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