Municipality: Five e-scooter rental companies in Oslo have too many scooters

Electric scootersPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB
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Oslo Municipality set a ceiling on the number of electric scooters in the city in September. However, it claims that five out of 12 e-scooter companies still have too many scooters in operation. The companies disagree.

Each of the 12 rental companies is allowed to have a maximum of 667 electric scooters on the streets of the capital, the newspaper Aftenposten writes.

But after the Urban Environment Agency began monitoring the 12 players in the market, it turns out that several of them exceeded the limit.

Now Ryde, Sharebike, Bydue, Tier, and Voi have received letters from the Municipality with a deadline of Sunday, October 31, to explain themselves.

The companies claim that the Municipality’s systems count the number of scooters incorrectly. The Urban Environment Agency, for its part, believes that if the number does not match, it is the companies’ own fault as the agency uses their traffic data.

The five companies may be blocked from renting electric scooters if they do not comply.

The new, local regulations for commercial electric scooters in Oslo came into force on September 12. There can now be a maximum of 8,000 electric scooters in circulation. With 12 companies, that means a maximum of 667 scooters on each.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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