Electric scooters, which have spread to many cities in recent years, are a hot topic of discussion and now Copenhagen is introducing one of the harshest restrictive measures so far.
– Unfortunately, we have had huge problems with these electric kickboards left around the city, especially in the center, a local politician Rune Dybvad commented on TV2 Denmark.
– It has been difficult for the elderly to move when they have been left lying on the streets.
The decision of the committee has yet to be approved by the city council, but the initiative has broad support and is expected to go through easily. The ban would take effect in January at the earliest.
Electric kickboards are offered by several companies, such as Tier, Voi and Lime, known in Finland in Copenhagen. The vehicle is rented with a smartphone and is often billed according to time. Unlike city bikes in Helsinki, for example, electric kickboards have been able to leave almost anywhere at the end of the ride.
Last month, one of the players in the industry decided to close its services for weekends to prevent people from driving on electric kickboards drunk. Such actions came too late for politicians. According to Dybvad, companies have had “all the time in the world” to correct grievances, but they have not done so. He doesn’t think the boards will disappear from the street scene completely.
– You can still buy or rent an electric kickboard, but you just have to go a little further from the center.
Some Copenhagen politicians are outraged by the ban and wonder if the matter could not have been resolved in some other way.
In the future, electric kickboards can also be rented from the center, but the rental must take place from the business premises to which they must also be returned. In practice, this completely scraps the business model of rental companies based on a low cost structure.
Kickboard companies can use GPS technology to prevent drivers from parking them in certain areas, meaning that if a user in any case rejects a vehicle in a forbidden place, the taximeter will continue to rack up and any fines received from the authorities can be routed to the latest user.