Italy to crack down on e-scooters after deaths and accidents

Italy to crack down on e-scooters after deaths and accidents

The Italian government has announced a crackdown on the use of electric scooters on city streets in an effort to reduce accidents, injuries, and cluttered pavements. The government has updated Italy’s highway code and will suspend driving licenses for people caught using a mobile phone while driving. They have also promised zero tolerance for anyone found drunk or on drugs while driving. The use of e-scooters has increased across Italy in recent years, with rental companies flooding major cities with scooters for rent that are popular with locals and tourists alike.

However, police have reported countless accidents, with six people dying in Rome alone over the past two years while riding scooters. Scooters have also caused problems for pedestrians, with no rules in place for where they should be left. Under the new regulations approved by the cabinet, riders will have to wear a helmet and have insurance, while e-scooters will now be required to have a registration plate. The measures will have to be approved by parliament to become law.

It will be forbidden to ride the two-wheelers outside of built-up areas, such as on major highways, or to leave them parked haphazardly on pavements. “We need to restore a bit of order. Thinking about the pavements of the big cities like Milan and Rome, it is like a gymkhana for people with pushchairs,” Transport Minister Matteo Salvini said after unveiling his plan. Despite offering an environmentally friendly way to get around town, e-scooters have faced a backlash from people who have felt threatened by the zippy, silent machines.

Parisians voted in April to ban e-scooters from the French capital. There has been no such suggestion in Italy, although various cities have looked to cap the speed limit of scooters and reduce the number of firms that can hire them out. Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Sandra Maler. Our Standards: The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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