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(LEAD) E-scooters to be allowed at Han River parks

National 17:01 December 09, 2020

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SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- Electric scooters and other personal transporters will be allowed to use bicycle lanes at Han River parks starting this week, the Seoul city government said Wednesday.

Use of the lanes was granted under revised laws on road traffic and bicycle use, which are set to take effect Thursday, the city government said.

Riders will be required to keep a speed limit of 20 kph and wear a helmet. They will also be banned from riding under the influence and parking or abandoning their vehicles anywhere in the parks.

Civic activists call for a revision bill to ensure a safe riding environment for e-scooters and pedestrians in Seoul on Nov. 9, 2020. (Yonhap)

The city government said it has installed 111 additional traffic signs and fixed or installed street lamps in 15 dark spots.

Personal transporters are only allowed on roads and bicycle lanes and their use anywhere else will be subject to a 50,000-won (US$46) fine.

The city government said all areas of Han River parks will be a no-return zone for rented personal transporters to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

The revision bill on road traffic also requires e-scooter riders to get a driver's license for motorized bicycles.

The move came as a lack of safety regulations on the increasingly popular vehicles poses a threat to pedestrians as well as e-scooters themselves.

Under the revision, people younger than 16 are banned from riding e-scooters, because they are not legally allowed to get the relevant type of license.

This image, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows electric scooters. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
People ride bicycles at Ttukseom Han River Park in eastern Seoul on Oct. 9, 2020. (Yonhap)


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