by Matthew Niblett on 02 Aug 2019
This week's top three: Paris e-scooter ordinance comes into force; German taxi drivers sue Uber; and Milan adopts new rules for e-scooters following national legalisation.
Paris City Hall has published a municipal order which bans electric scooters from being parked on pavements and imposes taxes on electric scooter operators. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced the measures at the beginning of June, but they have only now entered into force. Making a shared scooter available on a public road will incur a fee of €60, and operators will be obliged to share a range of data with the city at regular intervals, including the number of scooters and their specific locations. The City plans to issue a call for tenders for e-scooter operators in order to reduce the overall number of companies to two or three. The pavement parking ban will be extended nationwide from September according to French Transport Minister Élisabeth Borne.
A German taxi cooperative, Taxi Germany, has brought a lawsuit against Uber accusing the company of violating Germany’s Passenger Transport Law. According to Taxi Germany, Uber determines what fare passengers pay and collects payment, meaning that it should be classified as a transport company and be obliged to apply for the appropriate licence. Taxi Germany has also asked the court to determine whether Uber gives direct instructions to drivers, which it believes would be illegal. Uber denies the allegations, arguing that, since it works in Germany via private hire vehicle companies, it is merely a transport services brokerage platform. A regional court in Frankfurt is due to rule on the case, with a decision expected before the end of the year.
The Municipality of Milan issued new rules governing e-scooter use, following a decree on 27 July from national Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli which permitted micromobility vehicles, including e-scooters, to be used on public roads. In Milan, e-scooters can be ridden on pavements at up to 6 kmh, and up to 20kmh in cycle lanes and on roads with a 30kmh speed limit. Scooters will have to be fitted with speed limiters, and the city has called for "common sense" when parking them, urging riders to use existing bike parking infrastructure. Failure to comply with the rules will result in fines ranging from €26.99 to €99.
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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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