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Paris says au revoir to rental e-scooters
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A ban on rental electric scooters has come into effect in Paris in response to a rising number of people being injured and killed in the French capital. Almost 90% of those who took part in April's vote over the issue were in favour of the ban - but fewer than 8% of those eligible turned out to vot
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Paris has banned rental electric scooters due to the increasing number of injuries and deaths. The ban was supported by almost 90% of voters, although only 8% of eligible voters participated. The ban has caused mixed reactions, with cyclists feeling relieved but others disappointed. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who introduced on-street hiring in 2018, supported the ban to gain political support. However, privately-owned e-scooters are unaffected by the ban. The author, a cyclist, is not a fan of e-scooters but believes the ban may not be permanent and that e-scooters will eventually return.

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  • A ban on rental electric scooters has come into effect in Paris in response to a rising number of people being injured and killed in the French capital. Almost 90% of those who took part in April's vote over the issue were in favour of the ban - but fewer than 8% of those eligible turned out to vote. Paris is now one of the first capitals to have...
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