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2019.08.01 14:00

Lithuania does not consider restrictions on electric scooters – minister

LRT.lt2019.08.01 14:00

With electric scooters becoming increasingly ubiquitous on the streets of Lithuania's main cities, the government would like to avoid additional restrictions, the minister of transport has said.

“We are seeing one EU country after another adopting bans. I would like it if we could avoid bans,” Minister Rokas Masiulis has told the Elta news agency.

The Belgian capital has plans to introduce restrictions on electric scooter parking and the need for stricter regulation has been raised by the authorities of Paris, Madrid and other cities in Europe.

In Lithuania, the coastal resort town of Palanga has designated certain areas as off-limits to bikes and electric scooters.

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Masiulis says that pedestrians have been complaining about electric scooters driving on sidewalks. The users should use cycling lanes wherever they are available, the minister insists.

“Those who hire electric scooters should know the rules well and if they abided by those rules, there would be no resentment,” Masiulis has told Elta.

Two companies launched electric scooter rent service in the country's capital, Vilnius, this year.

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