A fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Kringlumýrarbraut and Sæbraut streets in Reykjavík yesterday morning when an electric scooter and a moped collided. The electric scooter operator died in the accident while the moped driver is in hospital with serious injuries. This is the first fatal accident involving an electric scooter in Iceland.
Both of the victims of the accident were wearing helmets when the collision occurred. One was in their 50s while the other was in their 40s. Detective superintendent Guðbrandur Sigurðsson told RÚV it has not been confirmed whether the vehicles were on a cycling path or sidewalk when they collided. It has also not been confirmed at which what speed the vehicles were operating when they collided.
Mopeds can reach speeds of up to 45km per hour. At that speed, however, they are required to use the road, and not sidewalks or cycling paths. “Electric scooters should have a limiter at 25km per hour and are not permitted to go faster, but we have stories and examples and police reports that electric scooters, according to the manufacturers, can reach speeds of up to 80km per hour when the limiter is removed,” Guðbrandur explained, adding that operating a scooter at speeds above 25km per hour is “incredibly dangerous.”
Electric scooters have grown in popularity over the past year or two in Iceland, with several scooter rideshare apps springing up in Reykjavík recently. While Guðbrandur says accidents and injuries involving electric scooters have previously been reported, this is the first fatal accident involving an electric scooter in Iceland.