The discussion on the admission of PLEVs on public roads in Germany is ongoing. PLEVs are for example hoverboards, electric scooters, electric skateboards and, as well, our UrmO. Currently, the usage of these kinds of vehicles on public roads in Germany is not admitted. Driving on of these vehicles on the streets can lead to drastic fines.
This will change in 2018. There is no official communication from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure yet (as of 18.07.2018), but we are able to gain insights from direct and indirect sources. From the german parliament, it is said that the year of publication will be 2018 (link text in German) and the regultion will take effect immediately. This timeframe was confirmed by the Bavarian Ministry of Transport. The regulation will create a new class of vehicles called “Vehicle Class of Light Electric Vehicles”. We have not yet seen the draft version, but according to our information, the UrmO will fall in this category.
At the same time, we are in contact with the German Association for eMobility in Berlin, which provides a lot of lobbying for e-mobility, with different representatives of the press and with other startups in a similar situation as we are.
As soon as we receive further information, we will let you know. In case you have a valuable insight, please feel free to contact us at any time.
What about other countries?
Most other countries in the European Union (e.g. Austria, France, Finnland, Netherlands etc.) have already regulated the use of PLEVs on public roads. With these regulations, you can ride our UrmO in many European countries without problems. In some countries, for example Finnland, a helmet is required.
Important: You should always check the local regulations before using one of these vehicles on public roads.