Renfe will prohibit the access of electric scooters on all passenger trains, both Cercanías and Regional as well as High Speed and Long Distance (AVE, Avlo, Alvia, Avant, Euromed and Intercity), starting next December 12 The ban on electric scooters on trains, approved by the company’s Board of Directors on November 27, is based on the dangerous situation created by battery fires recorded in some public transport (due to battery manipulation, damage due to effects, passage of time, use of different chargers, etc.).
This restriction does not only refer to electric scooters, but also to unicycles or any other electric or battery-powered personal mobility device, except for vehicles for people with reduced mobility and electric bicycles. Renfe argued that the measure was adopted based on public health and passenger safety criteria and was similar to others implemented by various cities in Spain and Europe.
Seville will be the first city, in 2021, to prevent travelers from entering the Metro with their electric scooters during rush hour on weekdays. In February, Catalonia banned access to vehicles and public transport infrastructure (stations, platforms, etc.) following the explosion of a scooter in the Railway service of the Generalitat of Catalonia (FGC) in November . 2022. Likewise, since last November 4, the access of electric scooters to public transport facilities and vehicles of the Community of Madrid, whose management is the responsibility of the Regional Transport Consortium, is prohibited. In other countries, some train operators in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the London or Hamburg Underground, also ban electric scooters on their trains.
Once the measure is implemented, Renfe may force a traveler to leave the train if they are carrying an object, luggage or vehicle that represents a risk to safety and the proper functioning of the transport operation, or to the safety of passengers. . At Cercanías stations managed by Renfe, the ban will be reported if a traveler with an electric scooter is detected, and random inspections can also be carried out by inspectors and security agents.