Which alcohol limits apply?
For drivers of electric scooters, the same alcohol limits apply as for drivers of cars or motorcycles. If the 0.5 per mille limit is exceeded, there is already an administrative offence according to § 24a StVG.
Young drivers of an electric scooter in particular must ensure that the 0.0 per mille limit applies during the trial period and generally under the age of 21. According to § 24c StVG, anyone who drinks an alcoholic drink or starts the journey as a driver of a motor vehicle in road traffic before the age of 21, although he is under the effect of such a drink, is acting contrary to regulations.
If the limit of 1.1 per mille is exceeded, an offence according to § 316 StGB, drunkenness in traffic, is committed. According to this, it is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle – including an e-scooter – even though, as a result of drinking alcoholic beverages or other noisy substances, the driver is not in a position to drive the vehicle safely. Within the framework of § 316 StGB, a distinction is made between relative and absolute unfitness to drive. Above a blood alcohol concentration of 1.1 per mille the driver is considered to be absolutely unfit to drive, i.e. above this value the unfitness to drive is irrefutably presumed. If the blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.3 per mille, the so-called relative incapacity to drive may be present. Alcohol-related failure symptoms, such as driving in serpentines, must be added to this. Such alcohol-related failure symptoms must have been detected by the police.