The Malta Independent 30 September 2022, Friday
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PN launches consultation process on proposals to better regulate use of e-scooters

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 13:04 Last update: about 2 months ago

The PN has launched a consultation process on proposals to better regulate the use of e-scooters.

It is good to find alternative means of transport, particularly those that do not pollute such as e-scooters, the PN said in a statement.

It reiterated that while these means of transport should be affordable and accessible to everyone for wide use, they should be regulated in such a way that the safety of those who use them, as well as of others, is guaranteed, the PN said, particularly mentioning the safety of persons with disability.

"In recent weeks we have seen how a number of e-scooter riders are preventing this from happening, especially when e-scooters are left on the pavement reducing or obstructing the accessibility of pavements," the statement read.

Late last June, a Turkish woman had to be taken to hospital after she was injured when she fell off an e-scooter in St Julian's, whilst late last July a 32-year old Colombian man was grievously injured in a hit and run with a car, the PN said.

Therefore, the PN believes that it is also necessary for the government to immediately launch an educational campaign about their use. This, while immediately improving the enforcement of existing laws and regulations.

The opposition wants for there to be clear and effective consequences for those who break the Law, abuse the system and cause danger or inconvenience to third parties.



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