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Electric Scooter Laws in Switzerland: Are They Legal?

As the popularity of electric scooters continues to surge globally, many are left wondering about their legal status in various countries. In the picturesque nation of Switzerland, electric scooters are indeed legal. However, their use comes with specific regulations to ensure safety and order on Swiss roads and pathways.

Electric scooters, or 'E-Trottinettes' as they might be referred to in the local jargon, can be used by individuals who are 14 years old and above. For scooters with a maximum speed of 20 km/h, no driving license is required. Should the scooter surpass this speed, up to a cap of 30 km/h, a moped license is mandated for riders under 16.

When riding an electric scooter in Switzerland, individuals must adhere to certain rules to be in compliance with the law. These scooters are generally required to follow the rules applicable to bicycles. This entails using bicycle lanes where available and adhering to the same signal and lighting requirements as cyclists during the night or in poor visibility conditions.

It is worth mentioning that all electric scooters must be equipped with functioning brakes, lights, reflectors, and a bell. Additionally, while not strictly required, wearing a helmet is highly recommended for personal safety.

Insurance plays a crucial role in the legality of using electric scooters in Switzerland. Riders must possess third-party liability insurance to cover any potential damages that may be caused to others. Not having the required insurance can result in fines or other legal consequences.

Switzerland also emphasizes the importance of pedestrian safety. Riding electric scooters on sidewalks is generally not allowed, as this can pose risks to pedestrians. Instead, scooters should be ridden on the road or designated bike paths.

In conclusion, electric scooters are legal in Switzerland, given that they comply with speed regulations, licensing requirements for faster models, road rules that favor cyclist law, and necessary insurance coverage. Always consult the latest local rules and regulations to ensure you are fully informed before taking your electric scooter out for a spin in the land of the Alps.

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