by Matthew Niblett on 12 Jul 2019
This week's top three: London's transport chief calls for safety review of e-scooters; Barcelona's ride hailing regulations struck down in court; Paris prepares to install parking zones for e-scooters
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Mike Brown, the Commissioner of Transport for London, has said that the legalisation of e-scooters in the UK is "inevitable" and that a review should be conducted into the vehicles' safety. Brown said that there is a need to ensure that e-scooters do not cause danger to pedestrians, and that riders themselves are not subject to danger when riding on roads. He also called on the Department for Transport to take part in any ongoing discussions on this subject, saying "it's not just a London phenomenon, it's all over the country." A regulatory review into trialling and legalising e-scooters has been promised by the Government.
The Supreme Court of Justice of Catalonia has temporarily suspended several provisions on the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona’s (AMB) regulations governing private hire vehicles (VTCs). The Court has suspended a provision which states that ride hailing trips must be booked an hour in advance, and another which states that all ride hailing journeys must be communicated to an online register managed by the AMB. The Court decreed that the AMB’s rules violated the right to freedom of enterprise which is enshrined in the state constitution.
The City Council has begun installing designated parking zones for e-scooters. The zones are marked out on the road like ordinary parking bays, and each one can hold up to six scooters. The Council aims to have 2,500 such zones installed by the end of the year, for a total of 15,000 e-scooter parking spaces. The installation of the bays is part of Mayor Anne Hidalgo's pledge to "bring an end to the anarchy" which saw scooters parked in the middle of the pavement and in other inconvenient locations.
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