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‘It is a jungle’: Brussels commune plans e-scooters ban

‘It is a jungle’: Brussels commune plans e-scooters ban

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The Brussels municipality of Uccle wants to ban electric scooters from its streets owing to security reasons and parking problems.

Uccle has sent a formal letter to operators demanding that they withdraw all of their scooters from the commune within 10 days, and ensure none of their vehicles are parked within the commune’s borders, Le Soir reported. The new rules would not apply to private scooters and passing through the municipality on an e-scooter would still be allowed.

Uccle Mayor Boris Dilliès told POLITICO that many users and operators “don’t care about pedestrians, especially elderly,” adding that “it is really a jungle. There [are] scooters everywhere.”

Dilliès confirmed that he has scheduled meetings with four scooter operators next week to discuss the matter.

“I am waiting for Brussels government and the operators to act since more than one year,” Dilliès said, adding that Uccle will now take the lead.

E-scooters have become an essential part of the Brussels mobility landscape since 2018, with 20,000 scooters registered in the city and five active scooter operators.

But despite their popularity, it has not always been smooth sailing: The federal government tightened the rules for the electric scooters earlier this year after accident numbers started to go up.

The Brussels regional parliament also decided on the creation of mandatory parking zones, but the government has not yet implemented the plan.

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