The new electric vehicles that have already proven that they are not a fad and that continue to increase in number, have become a regulatory problem; in fact, the Department of Urban Mobility planned to approve an ordinance this fall that was in its final phase … until last week the Council of Ministers carried out a series of legal reforms that, with the aim of reducing traffic accidents , they touch on part of the matter that said municipal regulations will regulate, which includes updating the protocol of where you can go and where you cannot, depending on the road you are traveling on (pedestrian, platform, a traffic lane or two), to the table of sanctions that right now as something specific does not exist for these vehicles. Councilor Esther Díez (Compromís) explained that this setback will delay the approval of the final document that has yet to go through the governing board and plenary session. Precisely, it is the Ministry of the Interior that has clearly regulated where personal mobility vehicles can go and where not, and identifies them as “single-seater and powered exclusively by electric motors that can provide the vehicle with speed maximum between 6 and 25 km / h “, he says, to then exclude his passage through” sidewalks and pedestrian areas “as would be the case of the Corredora. What’s more, he adds: “They will have to comply with the traffic regulations like other vehicles and their circulation on interurban roads, crossings, as well as highways and highways that run within towns or urban tunnels is also prohibited.” The document does not speak at all about protective helmets or license plates, but it does say that the owners must have a certificate that certifies that they comply with the technical requirements contemplated in a manual of characteristics that, to this day, has not yet been released. the Director General of Traffic, who has been entrusted with this task.
The regulations will also affect the urban area of Elche because not only does it reduce the maximum speed on roads that are single-lane to 30 kilometers / hour, but it also leaves it at 20 km / hour on those that are single platforms and of these the Department of Mobility is converting a dozen in the downtown area. Finding streets with two lanes per road is reduced and in these you can circulate at 50 km / hour. The rule will come into force within six months so that the signage can be adapted.
“It is not sustainability, it is tension”
About thirty residents of Avenida Juan Carlos I attended a meeting late in the afternoon yesterday to try to channel actions against the new bike lane of the Urban Mobility Department, which opened last Thursday and with which it did not they agree. “It is not sustainability, it is tension,” said the owner of an establishment who considers that the municipal decision was not agreed with the neighbors or explained at any time but rather was imposed. “Even going to school there are now problems,” added another. Councilors from the Popular Party, who are also residents of the area, came to listen to the demands and also to participate in the decisions, because they are also affected.
Neighbors assure that they are not the only ones affected, but also some businesses, such as the hotel or the 24-hour pharmacy because now it is literally impossible to stop at the doors of both establishments either to unload suitcases or to pick up a medicine, since the service is interrupted. traffic and it is impossible to park nearby.
Neighbors consider that the bike lane, far from pacifying traffic, “has come to increase it. Now the main traffic artery leaving the center has been left in one lane and so we cannot continue, “they added.
Both the head of the Mobility area, Esther Diez, and the mayor, Carlos González, have asked everyone to calm down and allow a few days to pass so that the vehicles begin to realize that they will have to look for alternatives to traffic in the area. The idea of the City Council to promote the two-way lanes has only started and they will extend, mainly, through all the neighborhoods of the city, sometimes at the expense of parking spaces and others, instead, of vehicle lanes, as has been the case. The ultimate goal is to reduce pollution and change habits among citizens by promoting a more sustainable city.
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