IMM brings the directive, which it prepared to regulate the operation and use of electric scooters, on the UKOME agenda for the second time since the regulation has not been published for 7 months. The directive, which will be discussed at the meeting on February 25, will play an important role in ensuring scooter users and traffic safety.
With the addition of pandemic conditions to the increasing motor vehicle traffic and passenger mobility in the city life, the demand for electric scooters increased. E-Scooters offer citizens the freedom of movement and protection from viruses in short distances, while also easing the burden of traffic and public transportation.
Based on these developments, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Department of Transportation prepared a directive by examining all similar directives in Europe and America in order to regulate the electric scooter operation that has become widespread in Istanbul. Sending the text to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization with 7 e-scooter companies serving in the sector, IMM finalized the text and sent it back to the Ministry, taking into account the feedback from the companies.
The directive created was submitted to UKOME on 25 June 2020 and the directive was transferred to the subcommittee after voting. The directive was presented to the members and the members of the commission stated that the ministries were working on this issue. The text, which was presented to the UKOME agenda again in July, was rejected by the votes of the Government representatives.
SCOOTER RECOGNIZED AS A VEHICLE BUT THE REGULATION HAS NOT ENDED
In the following process, the subject was taken under the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. In December 2020, Parliament brought to the agenda, “Turkey Environment Agency Proposal of the Law on the Establishment”, the electric scooters (e-scooters) were included as a tool to Highways Traffic Act. The usage age was defined as 16, and the areas of use as bicycle paths and highways below 50km / h.
In the same month, the “Shared Electric Scooter Operation Regulation” was sent to the relevant institutions and metropolitan municipalities by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, and their opinion was sought. IMM Transportation Department conveyed its opinion on the draft regulation to the Ministry in December.
Although 7 months have passed since the preparation of the electric scooter directive in Istanbul and submitted to UKOME, and 2 months after IMM submitted its last opinion to the Ministry, no regulation was made regarding e-scooter operation.
For this reason, IMM brings the electric scooter directive to the UKOME agenda for the second time on February 25. The text, which will be discussed again at the meeting, is expected to play an important role in ensuring scooter users and traffic safety.