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In Scandinavia, the electric scooter in the sights of municipalities

In Scandinavia, the electric scooter in the sights of municipalities

In Stockholm, Sweden, electric scooters are not unanimous. (TOM LITTLE / AFP)

No to anarchy! Two Swedish cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg, decided to tackle the glut of self-service electric scooters. There aren’t necessarily more scooters per person than elsewhere, but these Nordic cities are not very dense and their inhabitants generally respect the rules. We are used to circulating there without obstacles, far away, for example, from hardened Parisians who have a whole experience of traffic jams behind them, garbage cans littering the sidewalks or poorly parked scooters.

So when Evelyn, a young mother from Gothenburg, has to go around a group of scooters crossing the crosswalk, she finds nothing normal. “I think it’s dangerous, the scooters are parked anywhere. It’s hard for us with strollers. Sometimes we have to go on the bike path and I know several people who were seriously injured.”, says Evelyn.

Under pressure from residents, quite radical measures were taken. In Gothenburg, for example, the city is considering legal means to simply ban the use of these scooters in the city.

In Oslo, Norway, it was a fatal accident that prompted the city to act. The number of scooters was limited to 8,000, not one more, with the obligation of the 12 winning companies in the competition to distribute their fleets more equitably in the city.

In Stockholm, it was decided to create a driving license for each scooter, worth 140 euros, payable annually. A system already installed in the city of Malmö, in the south of the country. For Malinda Flodman of the Stockholm Transit Office, it had to come to this.

The number of scooters has exploded: we had 14,000 at the beginning of the summer and now we have over 22,000.

Malinda Flodman from the Stockholm Transit Office

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“Most people think it’s too much. This tax is therefore a way of limiting the number of scooters and empowering the companies that rent it. I know they don’t like it, but we’re trying.”, Explain Malinda Flodman. Fines of 25 euros are already levied each time city authorities need to transport an incorrectly parked scooter. Thus, the authorities hope, by picking up their wallets, to drastically reduce the number of scooters. And with the license, the city of Stockholm hopes to recover more than three million euros a year.

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