by Matthew Niblett on 30 Aug 2019
This week's top three: Milan paves way for introduction of e-scooters; new figures show ride hailing on the rise in Spain; and Romania to update road regulations to include e-scooters.
The Municipality of Milan has published new guidelines which electric scooter operators must subscribe to if they want to operate in the city. On top of technical requirements, there will be a cap of 10,000 scooters in the city, a deposit for each scooter payable to the city, and an annual registration fee attached to the scooters. A call for tender will be issued in September, and the first scooters are expected to be deployed in Milan by the middle of October.
New figures published by the Spanish Government show the extent to which ride hailing vehicles exist alongside taxis in each of Spain’s Autonomous Communities. For a long time in Spain, there was a legal limit of one ride hailing vehicle for every 30 taxis, and yet this ratio exists in only one region (Tenerife) with only one more even being close (Las Palmas – 1:28). In Madrid, the ratio stands at 1:2, whilst in Barcelona, the number of ride hailing vehicles has decreased due to recent regulatory interventions. Generally speaking, the number of ride hailing vehicles has continued to increase across Spain as a whole.
The Chief Commissioner of the General Police Inspectorate, Cristian Andries, has said that discussions are being held between relevant policymaking bodies to facilitate the introduction of electric scooters via changes to road regulations. These discussions are part of a broader process, as primary legislation, introduced in June and still under consideration, would legally distinguish e-scooters from motorcycles, and set age limits for e-scooter use. According to Andries, the current thinking is that e-scooters would be limited at 24kmph; exceeding this speed would lead them to be defined as motorcycles.
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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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