|Row of shiny 50cc scooters|
The shop is called "The Scooter Company" and I spoke to the owner Jurgen (to us Brits thats George) who is Dutch but speaks perfect English.
He has an entire new fleet of scooters which you can hire by the day, week or even longer. At present he has twenty six 50cc scooters and thirty 125cc ones - but is waiting for delivery of another two hundred!
|Stash of helmets - including pink ones!|
Jurgen told me of two extreme cases recently; one was a days rental where the client had knocked up 400 km in a day and the other whereby a couple had only driven 40km .... in an entire week! On returning the scooter they told him that they had driven everywhere and had had the best time ever.... he was somewhat puzzled and asked exactly where they had been and it turned out that they drove down to the beach from their apartment every day, which was about 200 metres - it saved them carrying everything! I liked their thinking....
|Me pretending to ride!|
I asked if it was expensive to run a scooter - a 50cc takes aprox 10 euros of petrol to fill up and will do over 150km to a tank full... with today´s rising petrol prices seems like a good idea.
To hire a scooter you need to have had a FULL driving licence for a minimum of 3 years and age restrictions apply - 18 years of age to hire a 50cc and 21 years for a 125cc. This is great news for younger holiday makers as many car hire companies in Spain do not hire out cars to under 23´s or in some cases 25 - so you can still get out and about independently. In the busy Summer months its a nightmare trying to park in Benidorm so a scooter is certainly worth considering - many people that drive here park their big cars in a carpark then hire a scooter to get out and about everyday. Or if you just want a break from the sea & sand to wonder off and explore for a day, Guadalest up in the mountains is idilic and a total change from Benidorm.
When driving a scooter on a main N road, such as the N332, a 50cc one must drive on the right of the solid white line which is on the edge of the pavement side. This is why you cannot park within 1 metre of this line. However, a 125cc scooter must drive on the left of this line - same as cars and motorbikes.
Harley Davidson motorbike hire
An alternative to mobility scooters
Jalon - a short drive from Benidorm