Parisians are given vote to ban e-scooters from the city's streets
17th January 2023

Parisians are given vote to ban e-scooters from the city’s streets after wave of deadly crashes

  • Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said ‘extremely divisive’ scooters would be voted on
  • A ban would make Paris an exception among many European cities
  • 24 people died in 2021, including one in Paris: This was up from ten in 2019

Parisians will be given the chance to vote on whether the city should ban the use of electric scooters following a spike in fatal crashes.

The mayor of Paris, an e-scooter critic, said the ‘extremely divisive’ scooters would be subject to a referendum. Anne Hidalgo said ‘a very simple question’ in the referendum – planned for April 2 – would ask: ‘Do we or don’t we continue with free-floating rental scooters?’

A ban would make Paris an exception among many European cities.

The mayor of Paris, an e-scooter critic, said the ‘extremely divisive’ scooters would be subject to a referendum. File image

The three e-scooter operators in the city have already been threatened with non-renewal of their licences if they do not curb dangerous riding and other ‘misuses’.

E-scooters have been in thousands of accidents in France. According to official figures, 24 people died in 2021, including one in Paris. This was up from ten in 2019 and seven in 2020.

Licence plates have been proposed as one solution to combat people abusing the service.

David Belliard, Miss Hidalgo’s deputy in charge of urban transport, said: ‘They are in the way and they are dangerous,’ adding he favoured a ban to ‘pacify our streets and pavements’.

Officials from the Right and Green parties have also signalled their support for a ban.

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