The new electric scooters that will operate in Madrid from May will make it possible to remedy the main problems that they currently generate in the capital: illegal parking in pedestrian areas and circulation through unauthorized areas. This has been confirmed by the delegate for the Environment and Mobility, Borja Carabante. during a presentation.
Significant service improvements will be introduced. One of them is that the company must have technological developments in its applications to force park customers only in authorized areas for this in the district of Centro. In the rest of the city, they may park outside the aforementioned reserves as long as there is no space for motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles and VMP less than 50 meters from the parking point.
In addition, they have assured in a press release “in no case will it be allowed to start or end the journey on streets with pedestrian priority neither on the sidewalks nor in pedestrian spaces adjacent to historical parks like The Retirement.
Carabante has highlighted that the new electric scooters represent the commitment of the municipal government to implement a “more orderly, safe and integrated” shared micromobility model in the different mobility platforms.
During the presentation, he was accompanied by the councilor of Centro, José Fernández, the district that presents the most indiscipline in terms of parking scooters, and the managers of the three authorized companies to provide their services in Madrid: Dott, Lime and Tier Mobility, which are the ones that have obtained the highest score in the evaluation of the authorization award criteria among the ten offers that were submitted to the procedure.
[Lime, Tier y Dott se reparten el pastel para operar 6.000 patinetes eléctricos en Madrid]
The concessions seek to rationalize the use of the limited space on the public highway to achieve a balance between the different actors that share it. The main novelty that they introduce is the 40% reduction in the maximum number of scooters that can be deployed in the city, going from the 10,000 established in the current authorizations, which will be extended until May, to 6,000.
The restriction of authorizations to three operators that can offer this service has an explanation. The area considers that an excessive fragmentation of companies represents a hindrance to the effective implementation of shared scooters, as has been demonstrated in the city. To determine this criterion, the experience of 17 cities has been taken into account and the current model is similar to those of Paris and London.
In the granting of authorizations, a higher score has been awarded to companies that prevent illegal parking with their technologies, driving on sidewalks, an action plan to make the regulations known to users, that offer safe driving classes to its clients and the use of non-polluting vehicles for the logistics of the service.
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