Norway Seems at More durable Laws on Electrical Scooter Leases
Following a rise in severe accidents this summer time, Norway’s Minister of Transport desires to introduce stronger rules on electrical scooter leases in Norwegian cities.
Electrical scooters have remodeled the look of Norway’s cities in lower than two years. Nonetheless, with little regulation, many scooters are left in locations inflicting hazards to others, whereas the checklist of accidents is mounting.
Now, Norway’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Knut Arild Hareide, is asking on huge cities, municipalities and the scooter rental firms to fulfill. His purpose? Stricter rules.
Accidents on the street
1000’s of electrical scooters have been deployed in Norwegian cities over the previous yr. In most locations, disputes and accidents have been the outcome.
Blind and partially sighted folks complain that they stumble upon or journey over badly parked scooters. In the meantime, the emergency providers report a big enhance within the variety of accidents.
In keeping with figures from the emergency care centre in Oslo, 1,309 folks have been injured after driving an electrical scooter. Of these, 8% suffered severe accidents. Most of the accidents occurred at night time.
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Personally I’ve had a detailed encounter with an electrical scooter at the very least as soon as every week just lately. Normally that is when there are two younger folks driving one scooter collectively for enjoyable, slightly than utilizing it for its meant objective.
Only a few days in the past, I witnessed an excessive shut name when a regional bus needed to slam on the brakes at a junction to keep away from a scooter ridden by two folks. For me, larger regulation—and extra accountability taken by the businesses that lease these scooters out—is desperately wanted.
Regulation is coming
Hareide stated that he thinks scooters are right here to remain, and which have a task to play in city mobility. Nonetheless, he believes the present scenario isn’t sustainable.
“I need stricter laws, and we would like higher management over the usage of electrical scooters. I believe each those that use electrical scooters and those that stroll on the street are all for that. They need it to be safer,” stated Hareide to NRK.
“Now we have had a number of very severe accidents on electrical scooters. We additionally see that this summer time has been extra demanding than the earlier yr. Now we should take this expertise on board. I believe electrical scooters are right here to remain, however we should now have a regulation to enhance security.”
Proposals from rental firms
In response to Hareide’s name, a few of the firms behind the rental scooters have made some proposals. They embody avenue patrols and decrease pace limits in some areas.
Hareide is happy with the short response: “It takes time to vary legal guidelines and rules. It’s due to this fact good that there are fast measures from the businesses,” he advised NRK.
The businesses Voi, Tier, Bolt, Hen, Lime and Wind have joined forces to current a number of initiatives for Oslo. Experience is in favour of comparable initiatives in Bergen and Trondheim.
A few of the extra attention-grabbing measures embody outlined non-parking zones with the apps forcing folks to park elsewhere, and a restrict on the variety of scooters in sure areas. The businesses may even have their very own patrols to take away incorrectly parked scooters.
How cities may also help
Nonetheless, the trade has additionally requested a number of issues from the authorities. The rental firms request that municipalities implement guidelines on driving when intoxicated. Additionally they need devoted locations for parking, particularly at public transport hubs.
Not each metropolis has a great relationship with the rental firms. In Bergen, the municipality and Ryde are in an ongoing legal wrangle.
“I hope to give you a proposal for regulation that the events can talk about throughout the autumn,” stated Hareide.
Guidelines for driving electrical scooters
It won’t seem to be it, however there are already guidelines in place for the usage of electrical scooters. Outlined as small electric-powered autos, electrical scooters have the identical guidelines as peculiar bicycles. This implies it is allowed to journey them on pavements/sidewalks, in cycle lanes and likewise on the highway.
As cyclists do, electrical scooter customers have an obligation to present technique to vehicles when crossing pedestrian crossings. Nonetheless, if you get off your scooter, vehicles ought to give technique to you.
Parking is permitted on the pavement/sidewalk so long as it isn’t an pointless impediment or inconvenience.
There isn’t any obligation to put on a helmet, nonetheless NAF encourages everybody to take action. Lastly, it’s unlawful to journey when drunk.