This weekend, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told Le Parisien that Parisians will be able to vote on whether or not to ban floating electric scooters. As I explained last week, Dott, Lime and Tier, the three scooter companies currently operating in the city, have operating licenses that will expire on March 23, 2023. And the fate of these services could have wide implications. implications in the micromobility sector. .
“If Parisians want to own their own scooter, there is no problem. But we have a real problem with floating scooters. It is not climate friendly. Employees working for these companies are not treated properly,” the mayor of Paris told Le Parisien.
“That’s why I’m going to ask the Parisians a question during a vote that will take place on Sunday April 2 so that I can understand what they want,” she added.
Each operator currently has a fleet of 5,000 electric scooters. Even though the vote will take place a few days after the license expires, scooter companies will still be able to keep their services operational after March 23. The licenses will be extended until there is some clarity.
The city council is divided on electric scooters. Deputy Mayor David Belliard strongly opposed these services. He is responsible for transport and he is also a member of the green party. He is an important ally of Anne Hidalgo, a member of the Socialist Party.
But that doesn’t mean everyone on the city council wants to ban e-scooters. The mayor of Paris finally decides whether shared scooters should be banned or not. And she decided that… she won’t decide, even if she doesn’t like scooters.
“Should we go ahead with floating scooters or not? During last year’s public hearing with the Parisians, it was a polarizing topic – it’s a battle. My idea is that we should stop. But I will respect the vote of Parisians even if they don’t agree with what I want,” Hidalgo told Le Parisien.
The campaign is therefore launched. Dott, Lime and Tier are already lining up their talking points. For example, according to them, electric scooters are an eco-friendly transportation option. The reality is a little more complex because an electric scooter is more environmentally friendly than an Uber ride. But Paris also has a dense metro network.
According to an Ipsos survey paid for by Dott, Lime and Tier, 40% of Parisians are satisfied with free-floating scooters. 88% of them also think they are here to stay. Let’s see if this opinion will be reflected in the results of the vote.
Here is a joint statement from Dott, Lime and Tier:
“We welcome the decision to consult Parisians on the city’s shared electric scooter service, and hope to ensure its continuity in the months to come.
With more than 2 million unique passengers having used the shared electric scooter service this year alone – and 700 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided in 2021 by driving green in the capital – we are convinced that Parisians are aware of the role that zero-emission micromobility options help meet the ambitions set out in the Paris agreements at COP21.
All the employees of the three operators in the Paris region – 800 in total, all on CDD and CDI – take note of this reprieve. Lime, Dott and Tier will remain attentive to the terms of this consultation, which seems to state that only intramural Parisians will be able to vote and inhabitants of the suburbs, as well as expatriates and foreigners living in intramurals. the city of Paris will not be able to vote.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the operating licenses would still expire on March 23, 2023. The licenses have been extended and the scooters will remain on the streets of Paris at least until the vote results.