Stockholm wants fewer electric scooters in the city | Abroad

The Swedish capital, Stockholm, will cut the number of electric scooters in the city in half from next year. For example, steps can cause a lot of inconvenience. The number of authorized scooter rental companies has decreased from eight to three. The number of freely usable scooters will drop from 23,000 to 12,000 from January 1, with a maximum of 4,000 per owner.

The three companies that are still allowed to rent scooters will be announced in the coming weeks. These are the companies that have caused few problems so far. Today, Bolt, Lime, Voi, Bird and Tier are active in Stockholm.

Wild parking and accidents

Also in other capitals, such as the capitals of neighboring countries such as Denmark and Norway, the number of scooters is limited due to problems, among other things, unruly parking and accidents. In Copenhagen, scooters were completely banned in October 2020, but last month they were allowed to return under strict conditions. In Oslo, there have been strict rules since July, such as a maximum of 8,000 steps (compared to 20,000 before it) and a ban on their use between 11pm and 5am.

In Brussels, too, parliament wants clearer rules regarding the use of shared scooters. In this way, municipalities can force people to stop shared scooters and bikes in certain areas, limit speed limit in pedestrian areas or increase the number of checks.

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