E-Scooters are becoming an increasingly common, and fun, means of getting around. It is fast rising as a means of commuting and general mobility in Europe, with rental schemes appearing in almost all major cities.
However, the laws surrounding them are not uniform. In some cities they’re readily available and can travel on both roads and pavements, whilst in others they’re limited to cycle paths. No common strategy exists for the use of e-scooters and e-bikes.
The rule varies widely from state to state, including on access to public pavements, roads and cycle lanes. As well as regulations regarding their safety and the speed at which they can travel.
The European Commission’s Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility was announced as part of the European Green Deal and is scheduled for release before the end of 2020. It will replace the 2011 Transport White Paper as the European Commission’s vision for transport.
The Commission should take seriously the need to include a strategy to normalise the use of e-scooters and e-bikes across the European Union, especially as they replace conventional public transport as a desirable means to get around following the Coronavirus.
Whilst many people have expressed concerns about the cramped conditions on public transport such as buses, trams and trains – e-scooters and e-bikes offer a fast, clean and personal way to get around that doesn’t require a car.
The ECR Party believes that more should be done to promote the use of e-scooters and e-bikes as a competitive alternative to petrol driven alternatives and public transport. As part of our Blue Green Summit programme, we are exploring the ways in which e-transportation could be mobilised for Europeans.