France prohibits the use of electric scooters by anyone under the age of 14. Fines for violations will also increase significantly.
With this, the government hopes to reduce the inconvenience caused by this mode of transportation, which has become very popular in a short time, but also arouses resistance. The number of fatalities and serious injuries due to electric scooter accidents has exploded. The “chaos” of self-catering rentals is also causing tension, especially in the French capital, Paris. There will be a referendum on Sunday that could lead to a complete ban.
The French government is trying to achieve “reconciliation”. E-scooters could be an opportunity if they are arranged properly, according to the Minister for Transport. Increasing the age limit from 12 to 14 years should contribute to this. From now on, scooters must also have brake lights and turn signals.
Regulations for e-scooters are also gradually being tightened outside of France, such as in Rome, Lisbon, Stockholm and Oslo. They are now banned in Barcelona and Montreal, for example.
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