Renfe has prohibited electric scooters, unicycles, and other battery-powered mobility devices from all its train services; the ban will come into effect on December 12.

The services affected include Cercanias, Regionales, High Speep, and Long Distance trains such as AVE, Avlo, Alvia, Avant, Euromed, and Intercity. The decision stems from a series of hazardous incidents involving battery fires on public transport.

The prohibition, prompted by dangerous situations due to battery fires, extends beyond electric scooters to include unicycles and similar devices.

Exceptions are made for electric bicycles and vehicles for individuals with mobility impairments. Renfe’s board of directors cites public health and passenger safety as the primary reasons for this policy, echoing measures implemented in other Spanish cities and European countries.

In 2021, Sevilla restricted the entry of electric scooters on the Metro during weekday peak hours. Catalonia followed suit in February this year after a scooter explosion on a Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) service in November 2022. Similarly, since November 4, the Madrid Region’s Regional Transport Consortium has prohibited these scooters in its transport facilities.

Internationally, rail operators in the UK and Ireland and the London Underground and Hamburg have also restricted electric scooters on their trains.

Once in effect, Renfe has the authority to ask passengers carrying items deemed at risk to disembark. In Renfe-managed Cercanias stations, passengers with electric scooters will be informed of the ban, and random inspections by inspectors and security officers are expected.

Renfe’s decision responds to the potential dangers of tampered or damaged batteries, incompatible chargers, and general wear and tear. This move aims to ensure the safety and smooth operation of its services and protect its passengers’ well-being.