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Fifteen inspectors to begin conducting e-scooter checks in Brussels

11:57 04/10/2019

Fifteen inspectors from the Brussels Capital-Region will soon begin conducting checks to ensure that e-scooter users do not park the popular vehicles in areas where this isn’t allowed.

In January of this year, the Brussels Capital-Region announced that it would prohibit users from parking e-scooters in certain parts of the city from September onward such as Place Louise, Grand Place and rue de la Loi.

The e-scooters, provided by companies like Lime, Bird, Troty and Dott, are frequently parked by users in places that block pavements and create headaches for pedestrians, particularly those with reduced mobility.

“Brussels Mobility has 15 officers who are ready to begin conducing checks on the requirements for shared scooter providers,” Brussels mobility minister Elke Van den Brandt told La Capitale. “They will soon get to work.”

When Brussels Mobility inspectors find that an electric scooter has been left behind in an area where this isn’t allowed, the e-scooter company will have 24 hours to remove the vehicle. Failure to do so may result in an administrative fine for the company, starting at €200 and rising to €2,000. Repeated failure by an e-scooter company to remove illicitly parked vehicles on time may result in the company’s license to operate in the capital being withdrawn.

Written by Linda A. Thompson

Photo: Belga / Eric Lalmand