Metro Bilbao and Euskotren will ban electric scooters and unicycles for safety reasons from 15 January
- The measures does not affect the vehicles of people with reduced mobility or electric bikes, which can still be transported
Metro Bilbao and Euskotren, in coordination with Euskal Trenbide Sarea-Basque Railway Network/ETS, have approved the ban for safety reasons of electric scooters and other similar personal vehicles, such as unicycles, on their public transport services. The measure, which will come into force on 15 January 2024 and will last indefinitely, will not affect the vehicles of people with reduced mobility or electric bicycles.
The three companies have analysed together the severe incidents caused by this type of personal mobility devices in recent years. The incidents have been caused by the devices' batteries, which have caused serious damage and injuries due to their catching fire or even exploding.
Metro Bilbao and Euskotren would like to point out that as transport operators they have the duty to ensure the safety of all users. And they believe the current potential risk of those devices to be unacceptable due to the serious consequences that such an incident would have for the physical safety of passengers, particularly inside public transport.
Metro Bilbao and Euskotren have therefore joined the list of operators, including Renfe, TMB and Metro Madrid, who have adopted similar restrictions.
The measure includes a ban on taking folded electric scooters or unicycles, or in transport bags or backpacks; the ban covers all the facilities including lobbies and platforms from the line of entry/exit ticket machines. On the other hand, the ban is going to mean a change of habits for users of electric scooters and similar devices, and they will have to rethink their travel arrangements. Therefore, Metro Bilbao, Euskotren and ETS, in coordination with the relevant public authorities, are going to promote the gradual introduction of scooter parking spaces at some points of the network and at those stations that already have bicycle parking.
Both Basque public transport operators will inform passengers about the scope of the measure.