El-scooter rider sentenced to jail

A 48-year-old man who ran down a pedestrian in Oslo last fall while riding an electric scooter at high speed has been sentenced to 18 days in prison and lost his driver’s license for a year. It’s the first case of its kind after years of complaints about the popular scooters. The woman he hit […]

Police act after el-scooter injuries soar

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 […]

El-scooter operators vow to end chaos

Six operators of the highly controversial electric scooters in Oslo have promised to work together to address issues that have made the scooters a nuisance on city streets. Street patrols, lower speeds, a campaign to get users to be more considerate, and better parking facilities are among measures discussed at a meeting with Transport Minister […]

Trondheim parks el-scooter rentals

Officials in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim have become the first to respond to mounting concerns and complaints about electric kick scooters that have filled streets and sidewalks all over the country this summer. They’re prohibiting scooter rentals from September 1, until new safety regulations are in place. “We haven’t had rules for this […]

Complaints pile up over ‘el-scooters’

Critics claim they’re ‘littering the landscape,’ being dumped into the fjord and often driven recklessly with police unable to take much punitive action. As more so-called “electric kick scooters” hit the streets and sidewalks of Oslo, calls are rising for more control over them. Police were able to take action against one new operator last […]

Electric kick scooter kicks up a fuss

Suddenly it seems like they’re everywhere in Oslo. Along with the arrival of spring has come a wave of new elsparksykler (electric kick scooters), and they’re not entirely welcome. Several blind people have already been mowed down by careless operators, while others have tripped over those left parked in the middle of city sidewalks. Norway’s national […]