Renfe will prohibit the access of electric scooters on all passenger trains, both Cercanías and Regional as well as High Speed and Long Distance (AVE, Avlo, Alvia, Avant, Euromed and Intercity), starting next December 12. The ban on electric scooters on trains, agreed by the company’s Board of Directors on November 27, is based on the dangerous situation generated by battery fires that have been recorded in some public transport (due to manipulation of the battery , damage due to impacts, passage of time, use of different chargers, etc.).
This prohibition not only refers to electric scooters, but also to unicycles or any other electric or battery-powered personal mobility device, with the exception of vehicles for people with reduced mobility and electric bicycles. Renfe argues that the measure has been adopted based on public health and passenger safety criteria and is similar to others produced in different cities in Spain and Europe.
Seville was the first city, in 2021, to prevent travelers from entering the Metro with their electric scooters during rush hour on weekdays. Last February, Catalonia prohibited both access to vehicles and to the public transport infrastructure (stations, platforms, etc.) after the explosion of a scooter in the Railway service of the Generalitat of Catalonia (FGC) in November. 2022. Likewise, since last November 4, access by electric scooters to public transport facilities and vehicles in the Community of Madrid, whose management is the responsibility of the Regional Transport Consortium, has been prohibited. In other countries, some railway operators in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the London or Hamburg Metro, have also banned electric scooters from their trains.
Once the measure comes into force, Renfe may force a traveler to leave the train if they are carrying an object, luggage or vehicle that represents a risk to the safety and proper functioning of the transport operation, or to the safety of passengers. other travelers. At Cercanías stations managed by Renfe, the ban will be reported if a traveler with an electric scooter is detected, and random inspections may also be carried out with inspectors and security agents.
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