Oslo Seeks To Rein In Electric Scooters
Sumaira FH 16 days ago Tue 13th July 2021 | 07:08 PM
Oslo officials announced Tuesday measures to rein in popular electric scooters, including a drastic reduction in their numbers and a ban on renting them at night
Oslo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Jul, 2021 ) :Oslo officials announced Tuesday measures to rein in popular electric scooters, including a drastic reduction in their numbers and a ban on renting them at night.
A convenience for some, a nuisance and potential hazard for other, the rise of electric scooters has become a divisive issue in many cities around the world.
In addition, there will be a ban on scooter rentals between 11 pm and 5 am, when people are more likely to be drunk, in a city that currently has one of the highest scooter density rates in Europe.
"It's been an untenable situation for many years in our city, especially for the blind, visually impaired, wheelchair users and the elderly," city councillor Sirin Stav, who oversees the environment and transport, said in a statement.
Norwegian doctors sounded the alarm last week as they noted an increase in the number of accidents involving electric scooters, with 856 injuries in Oslo since the beginning of the year, 57 percent of which occurred between 11 pm and 5 am.
They called for an overnight suspension, estimating it could prevent between 300 and 400 accidents during the summer alone.
The municipality will also set requirements on where the scooters can be used, he added.
Among the roughly dozen private operators active in Oslo, some already restrict night-time rentals.
Voi has instead curbed the maximum speed during night hours and added a reaction test within their app to screen for potentially drunk riders.
The 8,000 scooter permits are to be distributed among operators that file applications.