Israel to Increase Regulation on Electric Bikes and E-Scooters
Following a series of high profile and deadly accidents, the Israeli regulator considers requiring underage users of battery-powered bicycles to pass a road safety test
Tofi Stoler : 2018-10-05T08:29:34..
As the number of fatal and nonfatal accidents involving electric bicycles and e-scooters in Israel rises, the country’s Ministry of Transportation plans to implement new restrictions on the use of such vehicles.
Day before yesterday in the evening, I saw two boys on the sidewalking running like crazy, if 25km/hr. is the maximum speed, they were at 25, sporting an incredibly loud syren and honking nonstop terrorizing pedestrians who ran away from them - luckily I saw no accident that is to happen soon! No police, no complaints, that is why, once more, there will be no "regulation" - Israelis forget so quickly that this "regulation" the police tried three other times before to no avail.
And how about going after the parents of children BELOW 16 that I see riding these things every day!
The use of, and necessity for, these machines has been completely corrupted. Their use, usually by young males, has just been seen as a means of travelling far faster than would normally be possible. Observation in a number of locations shows that, in the vast majority, their users are relying completely upon the electric motor and not making any effort to pedal the bikes. Regrettably, but necessarily for the safety of pedestrians and the users of the bikes themselves, there is only one answer - an outright ban, unless the user can demonstrate a proper need for such a device. The ban to be enforced by the police and the army if necessary with confiscation, with no right of appeal, of anyone found in breach of the ban. This is, quite simply, an issue of what is the greater good for the majority of people for once taking precedence over the usual liberal condescension.
The minister is as usual deluded
Fact: An impact at 25 km/hr is capable of killing a person at worst, or certainly inflicting serious physical damage at best. Restricting these "weapons" to the age of 16 is nothing short of gross negligence and incompetence. Boys, especially, are at peak risk-taking age until at least their early 20s. As for the penalties, first you have to get them -- no ID, no registration numbers, no insurance. And WE have virtually no police to deal with such numbers. Stand outside any school these days as the kids speed their way home on these things. No way are the majority of them 16 and over. Most are showing off, with passengers at the back. All it takes to catch this lot and punish the PARENTS for buying their darlings these death machines, is to park outside and grab them one by one. But here's the thing: NO manpower. Apparently it takes the son of famous person to get Mr Katz out of his stupor.
Since the possibility is being investigated that 2 people were riding the same e-scooter in the latest accident, I would think that the law should make it clear that only ONE PERSON can ride an e-scooter.