justin …Sorry to hear about your injuries. I hope they are on the mend.
Yes, even for those short trips we have to ride with total attention on the task.
Because of the increasing number of severe injuries (both scooter driver only injuries, scooter vs. auto injuries, and scooter vs. pedestrian injuries), and this year, several deaths including two scooter hit and runs, France has quickly changed the scooter laws. They are still changing, and are now a new class of motor vehicle (over a certain wattage and top speed). Most people break the laws, but the police are beginning to “control” (document verification) more and more scooter drivers. Driving without insurance can get you a 750 euro fine. As well as impounding of one’s expensive scooter. Same for driving without proper registration.