1. Current preliminary guidelines:
One-time registration fee set at €11.65 and an annual license of €25 per year.
One-time registration fee set at €20 or less to promote more registrations. Since registration of small cc motorcycles is free. (Example 125cc motorcycles)
Annual license fee of €5-10 per year. Keeping in mind that the license fee for a small combustion engine motorcycle is €10 per year, keeping the fee low will promote their use, after all most of these users are presumably attracted to the prospect of saving money from using more expensive modes of transport. In addition, the reduced fee reflects a proportionate fairness of their road usage and wear and tear on the roads infrastructure. This can also be an opportunity for teenagers to gain the necessary experience in caring of and the upkeeping of their means of transport prior to reaching adulthood.
2. Current preliminary guidelines:
Only drivers with an eligible driving license will be able to drive the e-kickscooters (Categories A, B and AM – over 18 years of age only).
There should be a new category on the driver license labelled as ‘T’, this would represent a successful pass on a holistic road and regulations test that anyone over the age of 16 can do. (This would be similar to the class A and B license theory tests but would not count as their substitute)
It would also open up the possibility to retest license holders who have passed a license category over 50 years ago. This would directly benefit the general public’s health and safety knowing that the people commuting around them all know the laws and regulations of the roads they are using. This could also lessen the traffic congestion that we as a country so desperately want to amend.
We are now teaching our youths how to develop into young adults better such as having the responsibility to vote in local council elections. In a similar manner, easing our youths into an early understanding and practice of road usage could be a great advantage for all those who will later on have direct or indirect interactions with these experienced youths. By the time they are adults and driving down a road in a 1.5 to 2Ton vehicle they would have already built up a mental knowledge base to handle it better. (It is not as developed when they are not themselves directly driving)
3. Current preliminary guidelines:
10km/hr in promenades and pedestrian zones and 20km/hr on other roads.
20km/hr should be reserved to left side traffic filtering. When not filtering a top speed of 50km/hr should be permitted in order not to promote the build-up of traffic inconveniences. With regards to safety, it is nothing out of the ordinary most if not all small cc motorcycles can cruise at that speed and even human powered bicycles. (Conditions permitting.)
4. Current preliminary guidelines:
A high visibility vest is to be used at night, helmet recommended.
This can end up being a repetition of when the first quad bikes were introduced in Malta in quantity. (After the first fatal casualty helmets were made mandatory)
A safety helmet approved by the EU health and safety laws should be worn at all times during the commute. In case of an accident that would be the first line of defence although one could also wear motorcycle protective garments to better protect themselves. The high visibility vest should be mandatory if the helmet being used has no reflective marking to warn other motorists.
5. Current preliminary guidelines:
Driving through certain arterial or distributor roads, tunnels or underpasses is prohibited and the driver will be fined if caught.
I am aware that some guidelines are following guidelines from other EU countries but one should always bear in mind that our country is far more condensed than other countries, making it more often than not impractical not to follow arterial or distributary roads. All these roads should have a small separate carriageway to cater for alternative means of transport. These alternative carriageways (narrow lanes) should be integrated into the tunnels and underpasses in our country to promote further use of non-polluting alternative means of transport and besides the e-kickscooters are equipped to travel at night making it possible to travel through dark stretches of road. Remember a marked and separate carriageway will help prevent possible accidents and any fire risks.
With regards to the fines, a €500 fine would be issued for someone making use of a tunnel with an e-kickscooter as the guidelines currently stand, if this is enforced this is a very high sum that would reflect that there should be no risks taken when a tunnel is in use, this should also be broadened to include other road violations if caught taking place inside a tunnel or if a vehicle has faulty headlights. This forces all road users to be more responsible of their vehicles and surroundings.
6. Current preliminary guidelines:
Parking will be restricted to identified spaces by Transport Malta.
Unfortunately, this sounds highly dubious on how practical and convenient these parking spaces will be, especially observing how limited conventional parking currently is. The regulations should specify that ‘the transport apparatus should not impede a pavement and or a residential or commercial entrance. A pavement width of 80cm should be left for pedestrians to walk freely.’ What could be done to greater enhance to prospect of parking for these e-kickscooters is to create more bicycle racks in areas not normally accessible to larger vehicles such as wider sections of pavement. These new racks could hold most alternative methods of transport and have the possibility of promoting their use which would indirectly improve the public’s state of mind and physique with the addition of reducing our carbon footprint.
All the other statements mentioned in the published preliminary guidelines I have agreed with and see no recommendations needed.
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The summarised list of preliminary guidelines was sourced from the Independent and written by Jeremy Micallef on Monday 2nd September 2019 at 10:51, link below. https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2019-09-02/local-news/Preliminary-guidelines-for-micromobility-launched-pending-public-consultation-6736212979?fbclid=IwAR3L-IX2O7aeKV-X57OovlOgOaUWAdB1MxAwdAvidUA2ZgWA2pduA_O_FK8