Paris Becomes the First European Capital To Ban Rented Electric Scooters

Anonymous reader share a report: Paris became the first European capital to ban the vehicles on Friday, following a vote in April in which Parisians overwhelmingly backed the ban, although turnout was low. Private e-scooters, which the city cannot regulate, are exempt. Since erupting onto the streets and sidewalks of cities around the world in 2019, e-scooters have posed unique regulatory challenges for city governments. Vehicles were often left in legal limbo while officials drew up charters for e-scooter operators, limited fleets and regulated parking.

Cities like San Francisco and Miami temporarily banned e-scooters before reintroducing them. Santa Monica, California successfully sued an e-scooter operator for not having a license. And New York delayed the vehicles’ arrival, citing security concerns. But no city has been as strict as Paris, where e-scooter users are clamoring for a cheap and flexible way to get around without having to ride the crowded subway or use Velib’, the popular but often overcrowded bike-sharing system .

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