Paris to cease electric scooter rentals after referendum

Following a city referendum with over 100,000 Parisians participating, the French capital will ban rented electric scooters from September 1st

Man with an electric scooter

Illustrative photo © Artem Podrez

Paris has decided to ban rented electric scooters following a city referendum in which over 100,000 citizens voted. Approximately 90% of the referendum participants expressed support for this ban.

From September 1st of this year, Paris will become the first European capital where the use of rented electric scooters will be prohibited. It is expected that around 15,000 electric scooters will vanish from the city streets.


Reasons for the Ban on Electric Scooters in Paris

The main reasons for this decision were issues related to the disorderly placement of scooters throughout the city and concerns about user safety.

It's important to note that the ban will only affect scooter rental services; private electric scooter owners will not be impacted by this decision.

Electric scooters available for direct street rental appeared in Paris in 2018. Since then, they have been the cause of many safety-related issues, especially due to careless driving.

This issue became relevant not only in Paris but also in other cities in France and around the world.

A tragic incident occurred in the summer of 2022 in Nice, where a 5-year-old boy from Ukraine was killed by an electric scooter.

In April 2023, a majority of Parisians voted against rented electric scooters, making the French capital the only one in Europe to support such a ban.


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