Kick and electric scooters

When driving a kick or electric scooter in Vienna, be aware of specific traffic rules that apply to them.

Electric scooters

man riding an e-scooter

Electric scooters up to 25 kilometres per hour and 600 watt are classified as bicycles from a legal point of view. Therefore you have to observe the same traffic rules and regulations when riding an electric scooter as when riding a bicycle:

  • You have to observe traffic rules and speed limits.
  • You are not allowed to drive on pavements and footpaths.
  • Your electric scooter has to be equipped like a bicycle according to the Austrian bicycle regulation (Fahrradverordnung) (German).

Electric scooters over 25 kilometres per hour and 600 watt are classified as motorcycles (moped) from a legal point of view. You are allowed to ride them with a driving licence only and must wear a helmet.

Kick scooters

Kick scooters are small two wheel human-powered vehicles with a deck. They are classified as toys from a legal point of view and are therefore not allowed on roads. You are allowed to ride a kick scooter only

  • on pavements and footpaths,
  • in pedestrian zones, and
  • residential and play streets

as long as you do not endanger or obstruct pedestrians.

Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a person in charge (minimum 16 years of age) when riding a kick scooter.

Public Transport

While bicycles may not be transported on the underground during rush hours, this does not apply to scooters and e-scooters. They are also allowed in buses and trams but only if stowed in such a way that they do not pose any danger to other passengers, best under the seat.

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