To change things, PLEV developers are working closely with the TÜV certification company and visiting conventions where the legal requirements for new forms of micro-mobility are discussed. According to Isabell Armbruster from Jaykay, agreement has been reached on the following guidelines for registration: the vehicles must have a maximum speed of 20 km/h, two brakes and a light and users might be required to wear a helmet. Only those with a Class M license can drive a PLEV and must be 16 years of age.
The only remaining question: Where should the micro-vehicles drive? “On bike paths,” says mobility expert Fabian Edel. However: “Bike paths need to be wider, and the traffic management system better. The space will become available once the car become scarcer on city streets.” Clearly, micro mobility is clearly a complicated puzzle. The actors all agree on one point: The absolute need to improve urban air quality will be the decisive factor in the mobility shift. “After all, travel bans are a horror scenario for cities and their residents,” says Fabian Edel.