Voi introduces reaction tests to stop drunk driving on electric scooters at night

electric scootersOslo.Electric scooters.Photo: Annika Byrde / NTB scanpix

A reaction test will be mandatory to open Voi’s electric scooters at night during the weekends. The goal is to reduce drunk driving.

Figures from the Oslo Emergency Department show that 40% of the electric scooter drivers who injured themselves to the extent that they had to visit the emergency room were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Voi is now introducing a “reaction lock” on the weekends to stop driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, newspaper Aftenposten reports.

To open up the electric scooter at night on the weekends, you will have to beat a game in the app that checks how fast you react.

“We will make reaction tests mandatory at night on weekends,” Christina Moe Gjerde, manager at Voi Norway, said.

She added that Voi would also monitor the effects of the measure.

They are not considering ending rentals during the night.

“That would punish the majority of those who do not choose to drive drunk,” she noted.

Nevertheless, City Councilor for the Environment and Transport Lan Marie Berg (MDG) believes that the best solution would be to remove the option of using electric scooters at night.

“As long as not all rental scooters have “alcolocks,” I believe that stopping the service at night is better in terms of stopping dangerous and illegal intoxicated driving,” she wrote in an email to Aftenposten.

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