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Vienna relies on new scooter rules and has no plans for a ban – Austria –

Vienna relies on new scooter rules and has no plans for a ban – Austria –

Scooters are still allowed to be rented in Vienna
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In the French capital, Paris, residents voted in a referendum to ban the rental of e-scooters. In Vienna, they don’t want to put an end to scooter rentals completely, as confirmed in the town hall on Monday. Instead, they are banking on the new, stricter rules that will come into force in May, according to the Transport Adviser’s Office Ulli Sima (SPÖ).

Almost 90 percent of those who voted in Paris are in favor of banning the rental of devices from the streets of Paris, as announced by the city administration. Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that she would proceed with the vote, even if the poll result was not legally binding. There are around 15,000 e-scooters available for rent in Paris. Private companions are not affected by restrictions.

Proponents appreciate rental e-scooters as an easy-to-use way to cover inner-city distances. Opponents argue that scooters are big on the road. There are also complaints that scooter drivers are almost always on the sidewalks illegally.

In Vienna, a whole new regulation will ensure that scooter anarchy on the sidewalks ends soon and that the offer of climate-friendly sharing will be more attractive, it was confirmed at the request of the APA in the office of the transport advisor Sima. The central points of the new regulation from May are banning scooters parking on sidewalks, creating fixed parking spaces in hotspots and limiting the number in previously oversupplied areas.

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For the inner city, the maximum number of bikes will be 500 scooters. In the future, a total of 1,500 scooters will be allowed in the regions of Leopoldstadt to Alsergrund and Brigittenau. On the other hand, in the outer areas, the offer will be expanded. Park deans are also responsible for monitoring new regulations. The Digital Dashboard should also enable real-time control in the future. It is said that rule violations can be identified at any time – even retroactively.