After months of work, the Tel Aviv Municipality today released its rules for electric scooter and bicycle rental companies. The regulations will come into effect on August 1, when businesses will need to obtain a temporary six-month operating permit.
The rules limit the number of electric scooters and bicycles to 2,500 per operator, which will force several companies to reduce the number of their scooters and bikes on offer. Companies will be required to provide information to the municipality, which will be used for research and analysis on the use of scooters and bicycles, and for other regulations.
The municipality will designate parking areas for electric scooters and bicycles, first in Zone 3 (central Tel Aviv) and later in the rest of the city. Parking areas must also be marked in the companies app, and rented scooters and bicycles left outside these areas are subject to forfeiture. It will be forbidden to block sidewalks and parking entrances with scooters and bicycles. The use of alarms between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. will be prohibited.
Companies will be required to operate their services throughout the city, with a predetermined proportion of scooters and bicycles in areas defined by the municipality, such as Jaffa and the area where the tram works take place.
Companies will also have to ensure the safety of runners and present a plan to this effect to the municipality. These programs should encourage users to respect the highway code and wear helmets, to refrain from driving on sidewalks and to prevent their use by minors.
The operation of a service center will also be required.
Tel Aviv-Yafo Deputy Mayor Meital Lehavi, Transport Manager in Tel Aviv Municipality, said: âThe presence of electric scooters and shared bicycles in the city is welcome. It is an environmentally friendly mode of transport that avoids traffic jams and air pollution and reduces dependence on motor vehicles. Shared scooters and bicycles facilitate more equal mobility, reduce distance gaps and help reduce the cost of living. In addition to the advantages, there are challenges, particularly in maintaining public order. We need to come up with a solution that will balance all needs, especially those of pedestrians on the sidewalks. The figure we have discovered of over a million trips per month proves that the demand is there, and the Tel Aviv Municipality must therefore design local regulations and rules for the challenge posed by the transportation revolution, especially at a time when government is not functioning, but the situation continues to evolve. “
Posted by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on June 16, 2019
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