The electric scooters located throughout the center of Arrecife by the empress Alemanda Wind for rent through a mobile phone application will be removed by the capital city council.
The Local Police Councilor, David Duarte, has assured that the company does not have permits for the installation of these scooters around the city . Now, the Consistory of the capital awaits the notification of the decree to be able to withdraw them as soon as possible.
“Precisely from the Local Police are waiting for us to notify the decree because as reflected by the municipal ordinance, parking VMP (personal mobility vehicles) in pedestrian areas, on sidewalks in this case is not contemplated. That is when we get the decree we will start to withdraw them “, explains Duarte.
The company faces a fine of 60 euros per scooter, noting that there are about 200 scooters scattered throughout Arrecife.
“Once they are removed and taken to the paddock to remove them they will have to pay the corresponding fee, which is around 60 euros per unit,” adds the mayor.
Recently this company was forced to remove scooters like these in Barcelona, since it did not have any licenses either. Meanwhile, in Madrid it is in the testing phase.
Electric scooters have been one of the main protagonists of mobility in 2018, although in a negative way. According to a study by the Línea Directa Foundation published by the newspaper El País on its website, its growing expansion will cause an increase in accidents with these vehicles, to the point that this year the number of deaths will triple if measures are not taken. . In addition, the same study reveals that 7 out of 10 Spaniards believe that the scooters pose a danger to road safety.
In addition, 72% consider that these types of vehicles are a “real risk” for road safety and 95% believe that their users “do not respect traffic regulations and go where they want”.
As explained in this national newspaper, a Royal Decree is currently being drafted by the DGT that provides for the regulation of VMPs. The document foresees limiting the maximum speed of scooters to 25 kilometers per hour and leaving it up to local councils to regulate some of the main demands of citizens, such as the place to drive or safety requirements.