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Electric Scooters: Commitment Activated Using Arrows And Dual Brakes

As of today, September 30, some new rules for electric scooters have come into effect. For new models, in fact, there is an obligation to have stock and double brakes. This decree enters into force on the fifteenth day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic. It is necessary to apply for all new electric scooters marketed in Italy as of September 30, 2022. However, there are also innovations for scooters already in circulation. In fact, they will have to adapt by January 1, 2024. Electric scooters already in circulation in Italy before September 30, 2022, in connection with the presence of turn indicators and the braking system on both wheels, will have to be modified by January 1. 2024, according to Art. 1 Paragraph 75 bis of Law No. 160 of December 27, 2019. In order to adapt, electric scooter owners should use a kit specifically designed for their model. In this case, users are obliged to comply with the above requirements, using custom kits for their scooter. The above groups must ensure that compliance with Directive No. 2006/42/EC to which electric scooters must comply. Let’s get into the details of the new technical commitments that went into effect as of today. Let’s start with the braking system that has to work on both wheels to ensure better safety. This is exactly what the legislation provides. Electric scooters must have brakes on both wheels. The braking device must be independent of each axle and must act quickly and effectively on the wheels involved. Independent braking devices, one on the front wheel and one on the rear, can act on the wheel (tyre or rim) or on the axle, or generally on transmission components. As mentioned, what is written is valid only for new scooters but from January 1, 2024 it will also be valid for vehicles already in circulation. Now we come to trend indicators. The legislation also specifies in detail the characteristics that it must meet. Turn indicators should be amber. The blinking should occur at a frequency of f = 1.5 ± 0.5 Hz with a pulse duration greater than 0.3 s, measured at 95% of the maximum illumination intensity. These indicators must be located both in the front and rear positions with respect to the driver and symmetrically to the longitudinal axle of the vehicle, at a minimum height of 150 mm to a maximum of 1400 mm from the ground. If they are positioned in such a way that they are visible from the front and from behind (eg on the steering wheel), only the two turn indicators are sufficient. Other characteristics of turn indicators must comply with the provisions of Art. 224 of the executive regulations of the new highway law but with an emitted light intensity of not less than 0.3 lumens in the application of paragraph 5 of Art. 224.

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