It’s been several weeks now that the Paris City Hall tries to control free-floating motorcycle, bicycle and scooter users. We must say that the coming of new light shared transport companies in Paris has been very quick without giving us the time to understand how.
In barely 3 years, we saw over 15,000 bicycles, motorcycles and scooters to use freely, after paying with a few clicks on an application… If the idea is praiseworthy (we remember how hard it was to park our Vélib on already-packed or unusable terminals), we must say that drifts didn’t take long to happen.
Scooters abandoned in the middle of the sidewalk, bicycles brought up the buildings upper floors, without speaking of the motorcycles riding on the sidewalk… we concede it, companies have nothing to see with how unrespectful some users can be, but the City Hall is scared of more drifts and accidents with the 40,000 machines announced for the next few months by operators.
So, Paris City Hall took some measures to slow the increase of this activity announced on March 21, 2019 and voted during the Conseil de Paris this Wednesday April 3, 2019. Fine for users not respecting the road safety rules, delimitation of parking areas, license-fee for companies, here are the new rules to respect.
As for motorcycle companies in 2018, the 9 companies providing free-floating electric scooter renting in Pairs are invited to sign a charter of good practice by late May 2019.
To be continued…