Oslo police have started issuing citations to reckless el-scooter riders and may even revoke the driver’s license of one young man who ran a red light and was hit by a car. His injuries over the weekend added to several other serious accidents just since Friday.
“The car had a green light while the el-scooter rider rolled through on the red,” police told news bureau NTB. A similar accident occurred Friday between a car and an el-scooter in Bjørvika, along with a hit-and-run accident involving an el-scooter and a pedestrian, who was taken to hospital after being run over from behind.
Another man was described as seriously injured on an el-scooter while riding down Maridalsveien in downtown Oslo Sunday afternoon. Police suspect he was riding while intoxicated and not wearing a helmet.
A new survey indicates that four out of 10 people questioned in Oslo have had dangerous or uncomfortable experiences with el-scooters, which have been a subject of controversy since their debut last year. There are now more than 13,000 el-scooters in Oslo alone, and operators are going along with some attempts at regulation while state officials revise traffic laws targeting the scooters.