by Matthew Niblett on 16 Aug 2019
This week's top three: Berlin authorities press e-scooter operators with voluntary agreements; City of Madrid looks to significantly deregulate taxis; and Brussels Regional transport authority calls on cities to designate no e-scooter zones.
Berlin’s Senator for the Environment, Regine Gunther, hosted a meeting with the President of Berlin’s police force, Mayors from three of Berlin’s districts, and a number of electric scooter operators, to discuss the future of shared e-scooters in the German capital. The stakeholders made agreements on a range of issues, including a ban on parking e-scooters on pavements, geo-fencing certain areas of the city to prevent e-scooters from being parked there, integrating safety information into e-scooter sharing apps, and expanding e-scooter services beyond central areas of the city.
Madrid City Council’s Cabinet Member for Mobility and the Environment, Borja Carabante, has said that he aims to make taxis “more competitive” with the ride hailing sector. Carabante is considering changes to how taxis operate, including allowing them to accept bookings in advance, and to fix prices at the start of the journey, rather than using a taxi meter. Carabante made these comments in the wake of the National Competition and Markets Commission taking legal action against Barcelona for its “discriminatory” ride hailing regulations. This is the latest development in the long running saga of ride hailing and taxi regulation in Spain, you can read more in our recent blog post.
Brussels Mobility, the transport authority for the Brussels Capital Region, has called upon municipalities within the region to designate areas where it will be forbidden to park e-scooters. The announcement comes in anticipation of new mobility regulations in the region, which are expected to emerge in September.
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Matthew provides monitoring and analysis to clients in energy, mobility, short-term accommodation, and the wider sharing economy. He coordinates two sector news summaries covering the bike sharing and on-demand transport sector for some of the leading players in the sector.
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