The French government have announced that they plan to ban the new wave of adult electric scooters from being used on their sidewalks in France. According to a recent article on the Reuters website: “We cannot let these devices that move at 20 to 30 kilometers an hour jeopardize the security of pedestrians on the sidewalks,” Borne told parliament. This comes after thousands of people have already bought adult electric scooters as a means to commute to work.
Electric Scooters have become hugely popular in France:
In 2017 it is reported that a whopping 50,000 electric scooters were sold. 2018 numbers are not yet out but it will more than likely be double that number as they have become more popular as each month passes. Like many other EU countries France have been unsure in how to legislate such electric scooters leading to confusion on where they can be used. This has not stopped people buying them however nor really has it stopped them being used on the roads and in bike lanes where they are also not permitted.
The French government fails to see how the electric scooter can help relieve congestion in its built up cities and instead shuts down the clearly popular technology. Electric scooters have many benefits and taking cars off of the road which has been a government priority in recent years is one of them so it is quite surprising that they have not embraced the electric scooters as a means to achieve their goals of this and cutting emissions. If a small part of the population choose these as a mode of transportation rather than a car then emissions will be hugely cut down.
Perhaps in later 2019 this will be reviewed as we believe it will have to be due to the popularity of such electric scooters and the many benefits of them. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Would you use an electric scooter to get to work?