After recording hundreds of accidents and receiving complaints of cluttered street sides, the French government is considering a ban on rented e-scooters in its capital city. It could prompt other European cities to do the same.
When they first started popping up on city streets, rentable e-scooters seemed like a great alternative to emission-heavy vehicles and crowded public transport.
The devices, which can be rented by anyone who has a debit card and smartphone, are better for the environment compared to cars. When they are charged by renewable sources of electricity, they produce virtually zero emissions.
As a result, it didn’t take long before thousands of them started popping up in major European cities, such as Paris. With 15,000 e-scooters found dotted around French streets, complaints over public safety and compliance with driving laws started pouring in.
After much consideration, the government is asking Parisians to vote on whether e-scooter rental services should continue to exist. The vote, which local leaders expect to be highly divisive, will take place on April 2nd.
It’s expected that a potential ban might encourage other cities to consider a similar move.