May 23, 2024

The electric scooters available for hire that are becoming commonplace in Paris and other cities worldwide will be regulated within Paris, the French capital, from September 1. The city is the largest to eliminate the apps-based scooters that first rolled onto streets in 2018. However, several cities worldwide have acted on scooters that could inspire admiration or resentment. While many users praise their eco-friendly methods to get around gridlock, critics think they are an arrogant threat that can be a source of death and injury. Here’s a look into the current situation in other cities worldwide: Paris: the pioneer The French capital was the first user of electric scooters in 2018. The streets were soon littered with scraps of rental vehicles from the initial company, Lime. After an uproar about the chaos and a string of fatal crashes, The city slapped, reduced operator numbers to 3 (Dott, Lime, and Tier), and reduced the number of scooters from 15,000 to 3,000. Privately owned scooters, the age limit for users is twelve (the government plans to increase the age to 14).

however, the Paris rental companies said in November they would ramp up the enforcement of an age minimum of 18 after officials from the city warned them that the licenses of their customers were at risk and in placed in designated areas, and scooters are not permitted to travel more than 10 kilometers per hour in most areas of Paris. However, most do it anyway. In April, citizens voted to ban rental scooters, but this does not affect privately owned devices. Barcelona and Montreal Outright bans, a couple of cities before Paris, have also taken radical measures by imposing an absolute prohibition. Barcelona banned rentals on roads in the year 2018. The year the German company Wind introduced an electric scooter-sharing program, the city’s police immediately removed the scooters from the streets.

Copenhagen The city was banned but later reinstated. Copenhagen also prohibited rental scooters in 2020, only to allow them to return in the year following, but with strict rules, including the complete restriction of parking within the city center and the requirement for riders to wear helmets. London: Taking care when crossing the Channel, London has taken a more cautious approach to what the city’s police chief has described as “death traps.” Only e-scooters that are rented with security features are allowed in the capital city. Privately owned vehicles are not legal. The riders must be 18 or older and have an unrestricted or full driving license. The scooters are restricted to a speed limitation of 12.5 miles an hour (20 km/h), and their light stays active while they are in use. Rome is clamping down after numerous collisions and near-misses that involved two-wheelers. One of them was a famous attempt by two US tourists to take a ride on the famous Spanish Steps; Rome vowed to stop the booming rental market for scooters. On September 1, the city will unveil new regulations to limit usage, particularly in the city’s historic center, where speeds will be restricted to 6 kph within pedestrian zones and no parking on the pavements. Singapore has harsh sanctions. Singapore is home to one of the most severe penalties for reckless scooter drivers who are caught swerving on sidewalks and roads, facing three months in prison and an amount of $2000 Singapore dollars (USD 1,500).

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