Brussels already has six shared scooter platforms
Brussels has six platforms for shared scooters since Thursday: Bird, Lime, Troty, the recently launched Dott, Tier and Flash. The last ones, Tier and Flash, started on Thursday, the last day of January, which is not a coincidence because there are new regulations as from February 1st.
The new platforms have to follow an administrative procedure to apply for a permit, and when they started with a minimum of 50 scooters before February 1st, they will get until September to arrange all paperwork.
The scooters are meant to be complementary to public transport, they represent an efficient and an affordable means of transport to people’s end destination”, says Tim Rucquoi-Berger, co-founder of Flash.
One Belgian company
Most of the scooter platforms have foreign roots: Lime is American but claims it wants to make Brussels its showcase for Europe, Dott started in Amsterdam, Flash comes from Berlin and Tier has German roots as well.
The only Belgian company, with Brussels base, is Troty. The latter joined forces with Brussels’ taxi companies recently to distribute and pick up their scooters in the evening and in the morning.
The six companies work in ta similar way: users have to download an app, pay with their credit card and when they scan a QR code they can unlock and use the scooters. Speed of the scooters is 18 to 25 km/hour and the user pays between 50 cent and 1 euro, plus a fixed price per minute between 15 and 50 cent.
The free-floating scooters earlier caused troubles for other road users and pedestrians. That is why local authorities in Brussels now impose a permit to exploit the free-floating scooter services. The shared scooters of Bird are ‘hibernating’ at this moment, and question is whether they will be back after the winter.