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  • Electric Scooters Are Banned From Sidewalk in France

    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?

     


  • Hoverboards are illegal on French Streets – Authorities Say

    The hoverboards have become one of the biggest technologies over the last few years but authorities in France say that they are illegal to use in public. The technology is made up of a small platform with a wheel on each side similar to a segway, in fact they are often called segway hoverboards or self balancing scooters. The law in France says that the hoverboards can only be used on private property and not out on public streets or roads.

    According to the law they are self propelled vehicles so they are banned from being used on the pavement and they are also banned from the roads. Well, technically they are not banned from the roads but you need a driving license and insurance to ride one on the road. Despite this they are an insurance risk for business owners so naturally they are not allowed to be used in places like super markets or car parks where the owner could be at risk of being sued. This does not leave many options for the hoverboards to be used on but in or around your own home is perfectly fine and legal.

    The segway hoverboards or hoverboard have exploded in popularity in the last few years with famous footballers and other celebrities showing off on them on their social media accounts. This has caused a huge interest in them and they are now one of the most popular gifts on the market despite being plagued with issues at the start of their existence.

    In Ireland there is a law being pushed through to allow self propelled electric vehicles on the roads. This would include the hoverboards big brother the electric scooter which is more of a mode of transport than a toy. At the moment to use a hoverboard in Ireland you can only use it on private property the same as in France and most other European countries.