Heidelberg (AP) - The German Association of Towns and Municipalities warns against too strict regulation of the new electric scooters.
CEO Gerd Landsberg told Heidelberg's Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung (Tuesday): "This form of transport is popular with young people, and tourists also enjoy using it. Therefore, we should not pull the fun brake on the e-scooters in Germany again. »
The German Association of Cities, the second municipal umbrella organization, had demanded on Monday clearer and more binding rules of the game. Its chief executive Helmut Dedy had told the editorial network Germany (RND), "the providers would have to make sure that the vehicles do not stand around everywhere".
Gerd Landsberg from the city council said: "Of course there are problems like we have also encountered in the advent of rental bikes and e-bikes. These conflict issues are solvable, and the cities and communities have sufficient tools for it. "
Landsberg said that it is in the interest of the landlord of these vehicles that they are used without disruption and it is possible not to accidents. This also includes more information about the use, such as that it is not just a toy act, but a means of transportation, which applies to the Highway Code. So far, e-scooters are usually treated analogously to bicycles. This should continue like this.
The "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" (Tuesday) reports that e-scooter rental companies wanted to reach agreement with cities and municipalities on uniform standards of use and parking space. They reacted to the problems with the many electric scooters, especially in the metropolises of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne. Bodo von Braunmühl of the e-scooter lender Tier should say that the German Association of Cities and Towns and Municipalities should soon adopt a memorandum of voluntary agreement.
Electric scooters have been registered in Germany since June. Several providers provide the small vehicles in several cities for money. The scooters are allowed to drive up to 20 km / h. They have to be used on cycle paths. If there is not, they have to go on the road.