A report by Expresso, states that minors are not covered by any insurance in the event of an accident, since the rental companies themselves limit their use to people over 18 years of age in Portugal.

“The age issue” is one of the “various measures” that the government is “studying” with the aim of improving safety in the use of these vehicles and road safety, said the office of the Minister of Internal Administration, José Luís Carneiro, who added that Portugal is attentive to “legislative changes that occur in several countries, namely in the European Union, and that contribute to reducing the number of road accidents”.

Looking at what is done abroad - and which includes minimum ages that vary between 14 and 16 years and speed limits set at 50km/hour - Portuguese Road Prevention will propose to the government a proposal identical that in place in Spain. In Spain, 14-year-olds can use these electric vehicles on cycle paths and 16-year-olds drive them on roads, not exceeding 50 km/hour.