Tourists on vacation who want to ride an electric bicycle and scooter in Israel will have to pass a written test in July
Beginning this July, a new law will come into force requiring bicycle and electric scooter riders in Israel to carry a license certifying they may ride on them. The new law also applies to foreign residents living in Israel.
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In order to obtain the license, the rider is required to successfully pass a written test that includes about 30 questions. The tests can be taken at one of the 45 Ministry of Transport branches throughout the country.
The tests can be taken at the age of 15 and a half, but riding on electric bikes and scooters is allowed only from the age of 16.
A cyclist who previously passed a driver’s written test, even if his license is currently not valid, is entitled to receive a license immediately for electric bicycles and scooters without a written test.
Note that this law also applies to foreign citizens whose driver’s license from their country of origin is not valid according to Israeli law. However, if the foreign citizen possesses a foreign driver's license that is valid in Israel, he does not need to pass the written test to ride electric bicycles and scooters.
We have recently addressed a number of questions to the Legal Department of the Ministry of Transport relating to the process and the need to pass a written test. We hope to obtain a clearer picture of the new regulations and its expected impact on foreign citizens.
Among other questions we posed to the Ministry of Transportation, we raised the obvious question: Does a foreign citizen who has to convert his foreign license to an Israeli one to drive a vehicle in Israel (after living one year in Israel) also have to get a license for bicycles?