by Matthew Niblett on 13 Sep 2019
This week's top three: On demand transport benefits from massive Paris strike; Porto seeks to learn lessons from Lisbon's "jungle" e-scooters regulations; and Munich taxi drivers call for ride hailing clampdown
Paris’ state-owned public transport operator, RATP, has announced a series of partnerships with a range of mobility operators, following a strike over pension reform which will close down 10 different metro lines in the French capital. By using a range of promo codes, travellers in the city can access scooters and bikes operated by Uber and Cityscoot for free for limited periods of time, hire carpooling service Klaxit and ride hailing service Kapten at discounted rates, and get a 50% discount on parking with the Zenpark app.
Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, has introduced a new set of regulations for e-scooters, seeking to learn from the example of Lisbon, the capital, which is a “jungle” and a "war field", according to e-scooter operator Circ's Director in Portugal, Felix Petersen. Porto has stipulated that operators may only deploy 700 scooters each, although this can be increased to 900 with the permission of Porto City Council. Riders will be banned for riding scooters in bus lanes and on tram tracks, as well as other specific roads and bridges in the city. They will also be banned from riding on the pavement, which is not the case in Lisbon. Scooters will also only be allowed to operate between 6am and 10pm.
The Munich Taxi Drivers’ Union has addressed an open letter to the City Council, calling for the council to enforce laws pertaining to ride hailing firm Uber. A union spokesperson, Horst Wiegand, has said that the city only enforces “a few” of the rules which apply to ride hailing, and that ride hailing cars should be made to return to their central office after completing each trip, rather than drive around waiting for another one. The letter, which has been supported by the Social Democratic Party, calls for “intensification and expansion” of existing regulations.
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