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Electric scooters at the Oktoberfest

What E-Scooter drivers have to consider during the Oktoberfest

They are the latest trend on Munich's streets: E-Scooters. But during the Oktoberfest, stricter rules also apply to all scooter riders around the Theresienwiese. What you have to pay attention to during the Oktoberfest period.

No E-Scooters on the Oktoberfest

Driving to the Oktoberfest with the E-Scooter, or scooting home after partying instead of taking an expensive taxi - sounds tempting at first. But during the Oktoberfest, as an E-Scooter driver, you'll have to pay attention to a few things. On the one hand, from 21 September to 6 October, there are generally stricter traffic regulations around the Theresienwiese. E-Scooters are only allowed to drive up to the „Äußerer Sperrring“, on the event area itself any vehicles - including bicycles and inline skates - are prohibited. You can find the whole plan here as PDF:

Traffic regulations for the Oktoberfest 2019 (PDF, in German)

Further information and prohibition zones for e-scooters for the Oktoberfest 2019 (in German)

What you need to keep in mind when parking and renting the E-Scooters

Five scooter collection points will be set up around the "Äußerer Sperrring" where you can park your vehicles. They will be collected by the rental companies.

Within a radius of approx. one kilometre around "Äußerer Sperrring" there is a ban on renting scooters during the Wiesn from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. The area in which you cannot rent an e-scooter during this period includes parts of the Westend and the area around the Central Station including Sendlinger Tor, Stachus, Bahnhofplatz and Hackerbrücke. The five suppliers will technically implement this through so-called geofencing.

What is the alcohol limit on the scooter?

Another important topic: alcohol on the handlebars. In the first weeks after the introduction of the e-scooters, the Munich police registered a large number of drunken scooter drivers. KVR is also concerned about this: "Many people see the E-Scooter as a toy, unfortunately far too often people drive drunk. If you do something like this, you endanger yourself and others. And you can loose your driving licence," says Dr. Thomas Böhle, head of the Kreisverwaltungsreferat. The alcohol limits are equal for electric scooters as to driving a car: From 0.5 per mil alcohol it is an administrative offence, from 1.1 it is a criminal offence. Also, it is forbidden to drive with several persons on an E-Scooter. So in case of doubt after your visit to the Oktoberfest it's better to drive home with a taxi or the public ones - the electric scooters still exist after the Oktoberfest!