Paris will ban electrical scooters from September 1,
The French capital’s mayor mentioned, after the general public voted to take away them from the streets, nonetheless e-scooter operators mentioned on Monday they hoped to cease the plan.
The e-scooter ban gained 89 % of the votes in line with town corridor Twitter account in what was billed as a uncommon “public session” that prompted lengthy queues at poll containers across the metropolis. Nonetheless, turnout within the referendum was low at 7.46 % of registered voters.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo mentioned she would respect the vote.
“From September 1, there can be no extra electrical scooters for lease in Paris,” she advised a information convention late on Sunday.
Scooter operators pointed to the low voter turnout and mentioned they hoped Hidalgo would search a compromise.
“We stay hopeful that we will proceed to work with Mayor Hidalgo to undertake smart rules as an alternative of a ban on e-scooters, and keep away from a step backward for Paris,” a spokesperson for Lime mentioned on Monday.
A spokesman for Dott mentioned the referendum was “closely impacted by very restrictive voting strategies” which led to an especially low turnout closely skewed in direction of older age teams.
French Transport Minister Clement Beaune, seen as a attainable contender for the mayor’s put up in 2026, mentioned on BFM tv the vote was “a large democratic flop”.
Electrical scooters accessed via smartphone apps have operated in Paris since 2018, however following complaints about their anarchic deployment, Paris in 2020 reduce the variety of operators to 3.
It gave them a three-year contract, required that scooters’ speeds be capped at 20 km/hour and imposed designated scooter parking areas, just like restrictions being imposed in different cities worldwide. The present contracts run till September.
Operators had provided additional rules, together with checking customers have been over 18, fixing licence plates so police might determine site visitors offenders and limiting to 1 passenger.
In 2021, 24 individuals died in scooter-related accidents in France, together with one in Paris. Final 12 months, Paris registered 459 accidents with e-scooters and comparable automobiles, together with three deadly ones.
“In my work, we see numerous street accidents brought on by scooters, so we actually see the unfavorable results,” basic doctor Audrey Cordier, 38, advised Reuters after voting in opposition to the scooters.
Some voters mentioned they would favor tighter rules than an outright ban.
“I do not need scooters to do no matter they need on pavements, however banning them shouldn’t be the precedence,” Pierre Waeckerle, 35, mentioned.