A woman walks past a dock-free electric scooter Lime-S.
After transport minister Andreas Scheuer labelled them a "genuine additional alternative for cars" in traffic-choked cities, the cabinet agreed that "very small electric vehicles" with a top speed of up to 20 kilometres per hour (12.4 miles per hour) can hit the streets.
Once approved by parliament's upper house, scooters with top speeds up to 12 kph will be open to use by people over 12 years old on pavements.
Faster ones will be reserved for those over 14, and allowed only on cycle lanes -- although they can take to the road alongside cars if none is available.
Electric scooters of providers Tier and Bird are pictured in front of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris.
Riders will neither need a licence nor be obliged to wear a helmet, although they will need insurance.
Meanwhile the government hopes strict rules will help avoid the friction that has marked scooters' appearance in major cities like Los Angeles and Paris.
Ministers ordered that scooter users should "neither obstruct nor endanger" pedestrians with their antics.
Despite all the rules, "we fear the already heated situation in inner-city traffic will become yet more acute," Oliver Malchow of police union GdP told news agency DPA.
"In our view, e-scooters will create new conflict zones."
Paris: A prominent French anti-government "yellow vest" activist, badly injured in the eye at a protest, was struck with one of the controversial rubber bullets used by police, his lawyer said Sunday.
The head of Love Commandos, an organisation which offers shelter to runaway lovers, has been arrested in Delhi for extortion and abuse of desperate couples, officials said on Thursday.
The decision aims at enhancing the balance between the two sectors and supporting the national economy in its various fields.
The US space agency NASA scrapped Monday a planned historic spacewalk by two women astronauts, citing a lack of available spacesuits that would fit them at the International Space Station.
Christina Koch will now perform tasks in space Friday with fellow American Nick Hague -- instead of Anne McClain as originally planned.
American heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, a designer and artist who became one of the most chronicled socialites of her era, died Monday, her son announced. She was 95 years old.
The AP spoke to seven girls who had been forced to marry Chinese men, four of them still in China. Each described how their new husbands handed them over to paying clients to be raped.
For this quick dinner, the shrimp, onions and peppers all cook at the same time on a foil-lined baking sheet for even easier cleanup. The tortillas for the fajita can warm for a few minutes on a lower shelf in the same oven.