After legalizing electric scooters back on May 16th, Germany was one step closer to having PLEVs by allowing a limited selection of electric scooters. But the fight is not over. People are still demonstrating weekly to be able to ride their Personal Light Electric Vehicles.
One of the people demonstrating for more PLEV approval is Sascha Mattiza, a former senior mainframe developer at Volkswagen. Sascha is demonstrating on a weekly basis in a effort to change legislation into accepting a broader range of vehicles. “Four years ago i was one of the initiators who started pushing towards changing our law to legalize PLEVs”.
Sascha sees the recent regulations as a pointless solution. “As Germany has only legalized electric scooters from 2 manufacturers – their products are five times more expensive as the standard electric scooters that most people own.” If you do try to use a electric scooter from a different manufacturer, you could risk a dangerous penalty. “The penalties for driving a PLEV are as high as committing rape.”
Because of this, more than 250.000 electric scooters in Germany are now electric waste because it is not legal to drive them. All previous purchased electric scooters won’t get the permission’s needed to drive because they have no “Typengenehmigung”. Which is German for “Type approval”.
Sascha is organising a series of demonstrations to push for more legalized PLEVs. The 28th of June was the first demonstration of a series of eleven demonstrations. “We want to ride Exhaustfree in our city, that does’nt mean that we are against cars. We – the electric riders want to ride emission free in our city.”
If you want to participate, these are the upcoming demonstration dates:
17.08.2019 Frankfurt am Main
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