Listen Now: French Government Puts The Brakes on Electric Scooters
The French government is putting the brakes on electric scooters.
The scooters, as well as other motorized ways to get around, are a headache for officials trying to combine new technology with crowded streets. So, to keep tourism up and lawsuits down, the French government is issuing new rules.
Speeds for scooters and hoverboards will be capped at fifteen miles per hour and riders must be at least twelve years old. Taking your scooter on the sidewalk will be illegal unless a city permits them in certain areas. And if allowed on sidewalks, riders can only travel at walking speed.
And the times will be changing for tourists, as well. The new rules mean no more zipping around two on a scooter with one person driving and the other taking selfies. Instead one rider at a time and no cell phones while scooting.
Most of these rules are now in effect with the ones regarding speed control starting July 1. No word yet on what punishments people will face, but right now a $40 fine isn’t stopping people from parking wherever they want.
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