E-SCOOTERS OVERFLOWING IN CITIES WORLDWIDE

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Electric scooters has appeared in Paris after the citizens roused from the annual all-night Festival of Music held in June. More than hundreds of green and black colored e-scooters started to show up on Paris streets.

Electric scooters being budget friendly, widely accessible and more conveniently easily unlocked with the aid of smartphone app became a transport sensation overnight, fulfilling all the tickers on the checklist for an approachable transport. The release of e-scooters was aligning with perfect timing as frustrated operators already struggling with a failed restoration of its main bike sharing service were looking for new means of transportation. 13 operators piled around 20,000 scooters on Paris streets over one year period, making the legislators with strict regulations face serious loss.

The fun and casual e-scooter looked fancy, but had its set of backlash as parked scooters started to muddle the pavements, the silent speedy scooters terrified the pedestrians increasing road accidents. Their maximum speed is up to 25 kilometers per hour making it highly quick and speedy, imposing a jeopardy for pedestrians. The widespread use of e-scooters has posed regulatory issues from Boston to Bangkok making the authorities to take suitable actions. The risk is vulnerable safety making officials reconsider urban planning. Mostly cities are designed for car usage, and dividing the space for cars, bikes, and e-scooters can be the new plan to declutter the curbs.

Emergence of e-scooters first occurred in September 2017 by Bird in California and eight months later its competitor Lime launched it. The e-scooter transport moved worldwide from Europe to Asia, America and Middle East by the middle of 2018. The transport went viral and usage increased in the past two years just like an expected tsunami hitting global.  Lime and Bird are the most wide-known sellers of e-scooters.

The e-scooters works with GPS technology making it “geofencing” easy which can discontinue a user parking in a wrong sport by logging it off and finishing the service. “The user will also be charged an extra penalty,  it can stop a user logging them off and finishing a ride if left in the wrong place”, says Philippe Crist, advisor to the International Transport Forum at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said to AFP news agency.

The plan to ban e-scooters has started to take place in Europe in which a rider is banned if he doesn’t show a driving license, road tax, a helmet, insurance papers and a formulated number plate. The policymakers are not banning e-scooters completely but only launching it in a more efficient and planned manners making it coordinate with other transportation means, says BCG’s Hazan Singapore. The new regulations make only 85,000 registered riders with license plates to a speed limit of 10 kilometers per hour allowed to move on roads. If any user offends the rules, the fine would be 1,300 Euros (1,500 U.S dollars) or maybe three months behind the jail bars. The speed limit is going to be measured by officers having speeds guns with public given permission to report any irresponsible over speeding. Riders are fined if the scooter is parked on pavements making geofence tracking hold them to maintain a mannered code of conduct. This has made Paris five to six operatives of e-scooters to pull out.

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