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"Wild West on Two Wheels": Cities and e-scooter providers want safety and order


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Berlin (dpa) - The municipal umbrella organizations and four major providers of electric scooters want to ensure more order and safety in the use of small vehicles.

They also concluded an agreement, as a spokeswoman for the German Association of Cities on Saturday said the German Press Agency. Previously, the "Passauer Neue Presse" (PNP) had reported on the agreement; The newspaper has a letter of intent. The aim is to avoid chaos and accidents caused by e-scooters - also called e-scooters - and better integrate the scooters in the road.

According to the PNP report, rental companies should ensure that e-scooters are not randomly parked on sidewalks, in pedestrian areas and in public places. For this, the tenants of the vehicles would have to be requested by app and prove this by photo-sending. Fixed rental stations and designated areas should ensure better order. Violations should be sanctioned by blocking the right of use.

The lenders should also undertake to eliminate false parking and defective scooters within a period agreed with the municipality. A hotline should be able to report incorrectly parked scooters.

On the paper to be presented this Monday, in addition to the German Association of Cities and the German Association of Towns and Municipalities is involved. "The first few weeks since the approval show that it needs clearer guidelines from the local authorities as well as good communication from the providers," said Gerd Landsberg, chief executive of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, quoted in the PNP.

Helmut Dedy, chief executive of the German Association of Cities, told the newspaper that e-scooters could make a contribution to climate protection if they actually replace car journeys. "In order to be well integrated into the traffic, it is especially important to consider the people who travel with e-scooters, as well as clear rules on where scooters are allowed to stand and where not."

Electric scooters have been registered in Germany since June. Since then, providers in several cities have been making the little runabouts available for hire. The scooters are allowed to drive up to 20 kilometers per hour fast and must be on bike paths - there is no, they have to the road.

Greens boss Robert Habeck told the newspapers of the spark media group: "at the moment is the E-Scooter driving Wild West on two wheels." He does not currently recognize the environmental aspects of the companions. "In my opinion, they would make a lot of sense, for example, if you travel to the suburban area by electric scooter instead of by car to S-Bahn and then continue by train into the city."

Source: zeit

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