The providers of e-scooters have criticized the measures announced by the Mayor of Düsseldorf Stephan Keller (CDU). The intended restrictions carry the danger that Düsseldorf, with an auto-centered thinking of yesterday, will be left behind in terms of traffic policy and the traffic turnaround in Düsseldorf will be blocked.
Hundreds of thousands of users would have completed millions of trips with e-scooters in Düsseldorf. This form of micromobility is very well received. The “young plant of micromobility” threatens to be crushed and banished in Düsseldorf by a “package of excessive measures”. To ignore the needs of the people “we think it is wrong”, announced the providers today.
Lord Mayor Keller had announced that he would cut the fleet of 12,500 e-scooters in the state capital in half. “I am really very annoyed that this problem has been stuck to us,” said the mayor. “These scooters have no use in terms of transport policy, are questionable in terms of environmental policy and a problem in public spaces.”
“Actually need stronger instruments”
The special usage fee will be increased from 20 to 50 euros per year for each electrically operated scooter. The city will collect improperly parked scooters and bill the operators for 100 euros per device. “We actually need stronger instruments – but we are now doing everything we can to get the problem under control,” Keller announced.
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