Speed caps introduced on e-scooters in Paris

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After mounting public concern and anger at deaths and injuries of pedestrians caused by electric scooters in Paris, rental companies have introduced geo-location systems to automatically apply a 10 kph speed limit to the machines in designated busy areas of the capital.

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Rented electric scooters are being forced to slow down to just above walking speed in many areas of Paris under rules coming into force on Monday, according to operators, reports The Guardian.

In 700 areas in the French capital, including around key tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum, rental scooter speed will be capped at 10km/h (6mph).

Scooters run by rental companies Dott, Tier and Lime, tracked in real time by geo-location, will automatically be slowed down to half their normal top speed once they enter the designated areas.

The main criteria for picking the zones was the strong presence of pedestrians, the operators said in a joint statement. These include parks, gardens, streets near schools, squares in front of public buildings and of places of worship, pedestrianised streets and busy shopping areas.

The death in June of a 32-year-old Italian woman who was hit by a scooter in a pedestrian area prompted demands for tighter regulation of the vehicles.

Read more of this AFP report published by The Guardian.

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