Three companies that rent out controversial electric scooters in Oslo have sued the city over new regulations that will limit the total number of scooters available for hire to 8,000. There currently are around 30,000 in Oslo alone, meaning many companies will have to cut back their operations considerably.
El-scooter firms Tier, Voi and Ryde want to halt the looming limit. In return they’re offering to voluntarily shut down rentals late at night on weekends (when most serious accidents occur) and limit the scooters’ maximum speed at nighttime on weekdays. They’re also planning to boost scooter parking patrols by hiring 30 full-time people to clear away carelessly discarded scooters on a daily basis.
The operators are calling for more “sustainable regulation” that won’t “strangle” operations. The lawsuit is likely, however, to delay implementation of the regulations that city officials have proposed to crack down on reckless riding and the sheer volume of scooters, which threaten pedestrians and create traffic hazards. Police have recently started fining those violating traffic rules, like running red lights or riding at high speeds.