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The corporations be part of the prohibitions of Seville or Madrid as a result of attainable explosions that these automobiles may cause

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Renfe and Ouigo They say goodbye definitively to electrical scooters beginning this Tuesday, December 12. The Italian firm can even be part of them Thatthough the day of its entry into power of their convoys isn’t but recognized.

The three railway corporations that function in Spain have prohibited boarding their trains with any such car primarily based on occasions similar to what occurred final month within the Madrid metro, amongst others. The commonplace, in line with Renfe, “is based on public health and traveler safety criteria.”

The ban, which can apply to each native and regional passenger trains, in addition to long-distance and high-speed trains, additionally impacts “the unicycles or any other electric personal mobility device or equipped with batteries”, continues the railway firm. Although, it provides that “vehicles for people with reduced mobility and electric bicycles” can be exempt.

In this manner, beginning this Tuesday Renfe will be capable to power these vacationers who don’t adjust to the rule to abandon their trains.

To this finish, in “local stations managed by Renfe, the ban will be reported if a traveler with an electric scooter is detected.” However, the corporate warns that it additionally random inspections could also be carried out with interveners and safety brokers”.

Tricky batteries and dangerous fires

Both companies agree on the rationale for implementing this prohibition. On the one hand, Renfe points to “the damaging state of affairs generated by battery fires”, while Ouigo adds that “on account of their composition -of the batteries-, their combustion may be very quick and generates a considerable amount of black and poisonous smoke that invades, in a matter of seconds, the rooms”, in this case wagons.

And although these incidents are unlikely, both companies justify that they can occur due to batteries calleddamage caused by impacts, the use of chargers other than those recommended by the manufacturer, or the passage of time itself.

Seville was the first to ban them

However, the standard is not entirely pioneering. Neither in Spain, nor in Europe. As Renfe recalls, in 2021 the Andalusian capital became the first city to prohibit the entry of electric scooters. during peak business hours in the Seville metro.

Months later, and after an explosion in the Railway service of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the region also established the rule that affected both the access to trains, but also to the infrastructures themselvessuch as stations or platforms.

In the Catalan region it is added Last November 4th in Madrid. Since then, the access of 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 United Kingdom e Irelandand the London or Hamburg metro, have also prohibited the access of electric scooters to their trains.