With thousands of e-scooters on the streets, Brussels tries to limit the chaos
Friday, 26 July 2019
The e-scooters are mainly used for the so-called 'last kilometre'. Credit: Sam Nelson/The Brussels Times
Nearly 5,000 e-scooters inhabit Brussels, and nearly 1,300 of those arrived since this past June.
Over the summer, Hive and Wind both launched scooters in Brussels, bringing 800 and 500 e-scooters, respectively. In an interview with The Brussels Times, Wind confirmed that it has plans to introduce more in time.
With more e-scooter companies entering Brussels, Brussels Mobility is taking steps to mitigate the chaos the vehicles cause.
A shared mobility commission, confirmed by two mobility companies, will be created in Brussels. Nikos Stathopoulos, the general manager manager for Dott in Belgium, said in an email that though the commission has not been formalized, it is in the works, and Dott will be joining.
Stathopoulos added that the only meetings for the commission happened when the city and mobility companies discussed the logistics of the Grand Depart weekend.
The commission will be made up of Brussels Mobility and several mobility providers and will tackle a broad range of mobility issues.
Additionally, each of the 19 Brussels municipalities will establish no-parking zones for scooters come September. E-scooter operators will be fined if they do not recover incorrectly parked scooters within 24 hours.
The municipality of Uccle has already taken steps to punish operators of poorly parked scooters. Uccle announced that e-scooter operators would receive fines if their vehicles were blocking the pavement markers for the visually impaired. Ixelles has already introduced specific parking spots for e-scooters.
New mobility operators must apply for a license from Brussels Mobility in order to launch their product in the city.