Following a series of well-publicized accidents, police this week recommended greater regulation of electric bicycles, including a requirement that drivers obtain a license for the vehicles and that minors under 16 be banned from riding them.
Police said Monday that the decision was based on the findings of officer from the National Traffic Police, as well as a series of researchers who probed the matter. They have also proposed expanding the ability of municipality inspectors to issue citations to cyclists, but said that issue would be handled by the Interior Ministry.
Electric bicycles and stand-up scooters have become wildly popular in recent years, with over 120,000 imported to the country just in the past two years. They are especially popular with teenagers, who are often involved in accidents.