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Montreal ends electric scooter experiment

AFP
 - 22/03/2020

The city of Montreal has announced the end of its shared electric scooter pilot project in 2020, due to disrespect of the highway code by users.

"Only 20% of scooters were parked” in the dedicated spaces, said the city, which also mentioned issues relating to “security”, “disorder” and occasionally “difficult cohabitation with pedestrians.”
 
“Montreal does not want to have to become a scooter police force,” stressed Eric Alan Caldwell, head of city transport, who lambasted an “80% delinquency rate” in terms of respect of the highway code.
 
“The operators have failed to meet their responsibility for compliance with the regulations,” reported Caldwell to his executive committee, promising “there will be no more electric scooters on the streets of Montreal in 2020”.
 
The city has admitted being “disappointed”, he continued, in the results of the audit of Montreal’s electric bicycle and scooter pilot project, in operation since June, which has deployed some 680 electric scooters and bicycles.
 
In all, 110 parking offences were issued to illegally parked scooters and bicycles and 333 tickets for failure to respect the highway code, most of which concerned not wearing a helmet. No fatal or serious accidents involving shared electric scooters have however been reported.
 
“Electric bicycle permits will be renewed, but under tighter regulations,” indicated the city.
 
In many cities around the world, the emergence of these new silent transport modes has quickly become seen as a threat by pedestrians and the authorities are beginning to address the issue.
In November, Singapore banned electric scooters from pavements, followed by similar legislation in Germany and France.