The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized electric scooters as a vehicle – Society – News of St. Petersburg

The decision was made following the consideration of Davit Chepechyan’s lawsuit. The man had previously hit the car with a scooter, as a result he died. According to Kommersant, the accident occurred in May 2021 in Khimki near Moscow. Chepechyan’s SUV turned left, and the scooter drove oncoming. A few meters before the car, the driver of the scooter lost control and fell headlong into the wheel of the car.

A criminal case was instituted, in which the investigator, according to the results of the examination, referred the Dualtron Ultra electric scooter with an engine capacity of 5.4 kW and a maximum speed of 85 km / h to motor vehicles. This point was disputed by the plaintiff, Chepechyan believes that transport should include only those vehicles that require driving licenses.

The Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Center for Forensic Science explained to him that “new mobility devices can develop speeds above 35 km / h, depending on the model, if there are doubts about the effectiveness of emergency braking systems. ».

The representative of the Russian government in the Supreme Court Gaik Marian noted that the full list of all possible types of vehicles can not be determined, in addition, drivers of electric scooters in a separate category of road users have not yet been identified. However, some of these devices are within the threshold values ​​set by the SDA for mopeds or motorcycles that are “L” category motor vehicles.

From this it follows that the features of such electric scooters have a high degree of risk of harm to life and health of citizens. According to Marian, the possibility of classifying these devices as vehicles “involves assessing the compliance of a particular electric scooter with the requirements for wheeled vehicles.”

The Supreme Court denied Chepechyan’s lawsuit. This means that the case will be considered as an accident involving two vehicles in which the motorist violated the traffic rules, not giving way to other vehicles when turning left.

Fontanka wrote that the St. Petersburg authorities signed an agreement with kick-sharing companies last summer. It imposes restrictions on the parking of shared scooters at metro stops and lobbies, speed zones up to 15 km / h and areas where traffic is completely prohibited. For example, on Palace and Senate Squares, Malaya Morskaya Street. In normal areas, scooters develop a speed of up to 20 km / h.

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