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    Mobiloo electric “rickshaws” launched in Brussels

    Mobiloo is set to launch its ‘new travel initiative’ in Brussels’ historic city centre and the Haut-Ixelles area on Wednesday. So what exactly is this ‘new travel initiative? Mobiloo is launching a series of electric three-wheeled mopeds that can carry up to two adult passengers and one child. The concept was developed by Ixelles inhabitant Steve Munga with the aim of establishing fixed lines on routes which are frequented by tourists and pedestrians yet not served by the STIB. The client can get on or off the vehicle at any time and a ride in one area will cost 4 and 5 euros for one and two passengers respectively. Prices will be double if the journey travels through both zones.

    The service will run from 8:00am to 4:00pm on weekdays and from 11:00am to 7:00pm at weekends. Mobiloo is also considering offering a night service, as well as extending the service to other areas of Bruxelles-Capitale and other towns.  They intend to release a mobile app in April of next year.

    The company contacted the Minister of State for the Department of Transport in Brussels, Pascal Smet, who confirmed that such a service does not fall within taxi legislation. Marc Debont, the Minister’s spokesman, said that regulations for such initiatives will be included in the next taxi plan, scheduled for Spring 2015: “In the meantime, these initiatives must comply with both social and fiscal legislation, as well as liaising with the police forces of the areas they plan to run in.” It is not expected there will be any particular or specific bill pertaining to the running of such initiatives.

    Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)