Montreal outlawed all electric scooters for rental or private use in 2020, while Copenhagen banned rental versions in 2020 before bringing them back a year later with stricter conditions.
E-scooter companies have backed tighter regulations in France, unveiled by the government last week, which would increase the minimum age to 14 and increase fines for offences such as driving with a passenger.
“Of course, there are driving offences and dangerous behaviour. That’s human nature, not the vehicle,” Nicolas Gorse, managing director of Dott, told LCI television on Sunday. “What we need is to educate, detect and punish.”
Hadi Karam, general manager for France at Lime, told AFP last week that Paris was going “against the current” in seeking to ban rental e-scooters, citing recent decisions to expand them in Washington, New York, Madrid or London.
“There’s a trend towards these vehicles and this trend started in Paris which was a pioneer,” he said.
Operators offered free rides to customers who voted on Sunday and employed online influencers to try to drum up support among their mostly young users — largely in vain judged by the high proportion of older voters seen in queues.
“They’re dangerous, both for those who use them and for pedestrians,” Francoise Granier, a 68-year-old doctor who voted in the ninth district of the capital, told AFP. “And the police never intervene.”
Like her, IT worker Michael Dahan, 50, deplored the state of the capital’s streets, saying: “If it was better regulated, I wouldn’t be against… but you see people behaving in a crazy way.”
Source- Hindustan Times.