The Malta Independent 5 August 2021, Thursday

Sliema local council clamps down on e-scooters on promenade

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 14:35 Last update: about 2 months ago

The Sliema local council has clamped down on the use of e-scooters on the town promenade, saying that a number of avoidable incidents had taken place involving the illegal use of such vehicles.

The council said in a statement that it had received numerous complaints with regards to the use of low-powered vehicles and bicycles along the promenade.

Having passed such complaints on to the police and to LESA, the council said that it wanted to publicly remind that enforcement occurs against individuals who used such vehicles on the promenade and on pavements.

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This is as a result of by-laws in 2004 and 2018 which stated that nobody may drive or allow one to use bicycles or pedelecs, neither on the Promenade or on the pavements.

A further legal notice from 2019 means that the council does not justify, at any time, violation of the regulations regarding Micromobility, the council said.

“As a Council we continue to insist that these regulations are respected and that proper enforcement is carried out so that the Promenade and pavements are used for their appropriate use, and to negate any dangers due to the illegal use of such vehicles”, the council said.

“There have been a number of avoidable incidents and the Council has continued to request appropriate action to evade such happenings”, it added.

“We are conscious that the police, LESA and Transport Malta are taking the necessary action and are handing out citations, however the Council insists that any means necessary are taken so that the Promenade is solely used by persons and not for the use of such vehicles”, the statement concludes.

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