Paris: The electric scooter “is an ecological means of transport”, according to Clément Beaune
Delegated Transport Minister Clément Beaune responded to the Mayor of Paris’s wish to see free-floating electric scooters removed from public spaces on Tuesday 17 January, saying it was “a simplified solution”.
While the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, this weekend organizing a referendum on 2 outright ban [était] a simplified solution.
“an ecological means of transport”
Asked about this subject on France 2 this Tuesday morning, the minister acknowledged that the electric scooter was causing “problems in certain cities”, but stressed that in his eyes it was primarily about “a means of ecological mobility”. And to make sure: “We know that many have given up the polluting scooter, even the car, to take a scooter”.
— Clement Beaune (@CBeaune) January 17, 2023
With the words “Believe in the regulation”, the minister announced that he would “work on a scooter regulation plan at the national level” to strengthen “controls, precautionary measures and safety obligations”. Without specifying what specific measures could be taken, Clément Beaune only mentioned the issue of wearing a helmet, which could become mandatory.
Remarks that go against the position of the community majority, which when not opposed to the regulation of electric scooters, the voice of Anne Hidalgo declared “having a real problem with free-floating”. Indeed, in an interview with Le Parisien this weekend, the mayor of Paris declared that it was “not green” and also expressed his outrage that employees at these companies were “not adequately protected”.