The mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan announced Monday the withdrawal of 1500 self-service electric scooters in the city, or 37.5% of the fleet, because "it's just about anything", according to the mayor who denounces the poor regulation of operators.
"There are 4000 scooters in Marseille and I decided to remove 1500 right away, quickly. What for? Because indeed it is almost anything, it is poorly regulated, I asked the operators to do drastic things I see that sometimes they dragged their feet, "was annoyed the mayor at the head of the Marseille Spring (left union) on the radio France Bleu Provence.
EXCLUDED - Benoit Payan announces that the speed will now be limited to 30 km / h around all schools in Marseille. It also promises the removal of 1,500 scooters out of 4,000. #marseille https://t.co/RedPsiuTiL
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"If I had as many metro lines as in Paris I would tell you this morning I remove the scooters," he added, knowing that there are only two metro lines in the second city of France. In early September, Paris became the first European capital to ban them following a popular vote.
Maximum speed for cars lowered to 30 km/h in front of schools
Benoît Payan, who threatens to go further, also asks operators to deploy a third of scooters in non-central neighborhoods, in a city much larger than Paris, and to respect legal obligations.
Since the beginning of September, the minimum age to drive an electric scooter has increased from 12 to 14 years and fines have increased from 35 to 135 euros to punish two-person traffic on the same scooter or on prohibited lanes.
In addition, Benoît Payan took "the decision to lower the speed in front of all schools in Marseille" to 30 km / h following an accident in front of a school on Friday.
A four-year-old student was knocked down at the exit of the school, suffering from multiple fractures, according to the Departmental Movement of Parents of Students of 13.
"The security work that is the responsibility of the Metropolis must accelerate, as must the measures to secure sidewalks (removal of two-wheelers and vehicles interfering with the surroundings of establishments), which are the responsibility of the City. Road users, for their part, must be aware of the consequences of their actions when they are behind the wheel or on the handlebars, "adds the parents' association.