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E-scooters: Municipalities and providers agree on stricter rules

2019-08-25T10:07:55.672Z

Municipalities have agreed with four providers on more rules for electric scooters. Among other things, the vehicles may no longer be parked on the sidewalk in disorder.



For more safety and order in the use of e-scooters, the municipal umbrella associations and four major providers of e-scooters have signed an agreement. The goal is to avoid chaos and accidents by e-scooter and to better integrate the scooters in the road, reported the Passauer Neue Presse .

According to the rental companies to ensure that e-scooters are not randomly placed 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.

"Wild West on two wheels"

The paper, which will be published at the beginning of the week, includes the German Association of Cities and Towns as well as the German Association of Cities. "The first 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, Managing Director of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities of the Passauer Neue Presse .

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 important to have the respect of those who travel with e-scooters, as well as clear rules on where scooters are allowed and where not."

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 sense, above all, if you drive to the suburbs with the e-scooter instead of the car to S-Bahn and then continue by train into the city."

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

Source: zeit

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