Scooters off the streets of Paris, it is the first capital to ban them

The removal of the ‘trottinette’, the freely accessible scooters which will be banned in the French capital from 1 September, has begun in Paris. The operation was set up after the city referendum which on April 2 decreed the end of scooters in the city.

The decision

In the consultative vote organized by the town hall in April, almost 90% of the voters who went to the polling stations – representing 7% of those registered due to strong abstention – voted in favor of the ban. Mayor Anne Hidalgo then pledged to implement the result of the vote. The three operators Dott, Lime and Tier Mobility have until the deadline of August 31 to completely free the French capital from the scooters that will be transferred to Bordeaux, Lille, Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen and Belgium.

The history of scooters in Paris

Electric scooters, accessible from smartphones via apps, arrived in the French capital in 2018. In 2020, the town hall sought to regulate their use in 2020, limiting the number of authorized operators to three. The Paris City Council then openly encouraged voters to shut down the service due to the 189% increase in accidents since 2019, also speaking of an anxious climate in the capital. The top management of the three excluded companies are critical, according to which Paris “is an exception on European territory”, Lime reported in a press release. The Californian company has announced that its scooters will be transferred to “leading cosmopolitan and international cities”.