Stockholm latest capital to limit electric scooters

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The use of electric scooters has exploded in recent years in major cities all over the world, as have controversies surrounding their use (AFP/Ina FASSBENDER)

Stockholm has halved the number of electric scooters allowed on its streets, the latest capital to impose restrictions on the exploding but controversial mode of urban transport.

The city council voted to limit the number of authorised scooters to 12,000, down from 23,000 currently in circulation, and to slash the number of authorised rental companies to three from the current eight.

The restrictions are to enter into force on January 1 and city authorities will announce within coming weeks the companies that will be allowed to retain their rental licenses, officials said following the late Monday vote.

The use of electric scooters has exploded in recent years in major cities all over the world, as have controversies surrounding their use.

Supporters say they are a convenient mode of transport; critics argue they are cluttering streets and can be dangerous at high speeds.

Several global capitals have introduced curbs on their use.

Copenhagen had banned them entirely in October 2020, before allowing a return a year later under strict rules limiting parking and use.

Oslo in July slashed the number of allowed scooters to 8,000 from 20,000 and banned their use between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am.

In Paris, the speed of electric scooters has been limited to 20 kilometres per hour (12 miles per hour).

Singapore has banned the use of them on pavements, following the lead of Germany and France.

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