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Marseille puts the brakes on scooter chaos with licence restrictions

The businesses who gained tenders – Voi, Chicken and Ciric – will every be allowed to place 2,000 electrical scooters onto the streets of the southern port metropolis, beneath the strict management of the native authority.

Solely operators who had a neighborhood workforce on the bottom, a dedication to protect public area and clear line of communication with metropolis officers have been thought-about. 

“I wanted good, regular contact with the operators, so choosing three companies seemed like enough to me, unlike other cities which have 18 of them,” Jean-Luc Ricca, Marseille’s municipal parking and visitors adviser, informed local media.

The recognition of e-scooters, or trotinettes, has rocketed throughout Europe in recent times. Though a handy and eco-friendly technique of transport, they’ve additionally introduced with them issues together with questions of safety and vandalism.

In Marseille there has additionally been such an issue of individuals dumping scooters within the harbour that teams of volunteer divers have been compelled to retrieve them.

READ ALSO How to avoid falling foul of Paris’ new rules on electric scooters

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One one that will likely be watching developments in Marseille with curiosity is Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, who introduced earlier this yr that she needed to chop the variety of operators from 12 to a few in a bid to finish the “anarchy of scooters”.

There are as many as 20,000 scooters in use within the French capital presently.

In May, Paris officers requested all scooter corporations to signal a voluntary ‘good conduct’ agreement, and warned them {that a} restrict on the variety of companies being allowed to function could be the following step.

Fredrik Hjelm, co-founder of Voi, mentioned: “Marseille has rightly decided that e-scooter provision in the city should be closely regulated so that citizens can enjoy the benefits of this liberating new form of mobility, safely and responsibly…if cities are serious about cutting pollution and congestion and encouraging people out of cars, they should look closely at Marseille’s model.”

A ban on driving e-scooters on pavements got here into impact throughout France in September 2019.

The identical month, a teenager riding an e-scooter was killed in Paris, after being hit by a automobile. His loss of life was the newest in a sequence of deadly accidents involving scooters, following related incidents in Paris, Reims and Yvelines.



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