Brussels creates parking map for free-floating scooters
Brussels is following Paris’ recent take on the issue of free-floating mobility services parking. The Region has created a special map in which red zones indicate where parking will be banned.
Operators will receive a fine if scooters stay stationary for more than 24 hours in one of those zones.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo introduced measures that reduce electric scooters’ maximum speed limit to 25 kph and ban circulation and parking on the pavement. The small machines are also banned from parks and gardens.
Red zone map
“In Belgium, the question is different because the legal framework is much clearer. Scooters are already banned from pedestrian zones except at speeds up to 5-6 kph,” explains VIAS spokesperson, Benoît Godart. Brussels’ major issue, therefore, resides in parking.
After consulting with municipalities, the Region has created a specific map with special red zones where free-floating scooter parking is forbidden.
“All the Unesco city center and part of Law Street and Josaphat Park will be concerned,” declares Camille Thiry, Brussels Mobility spokesperson.
Moreover, the Region wishes to emphasize the operators’ reasonability. Therefore, if an electric scooter stays stationary for more than 24 hours in a forbidden zone, it’s the operator that will be fined. As of today, there’s no plan to fine users or to create specific parking spots.
The map has been transferred to the 19 municipalities, and the Region hopes all will take the same position on the matter. At Saint-Josse/Sint-Joost, Mayor Emir Kir (PS) has decided to ban scooter parking on the whole municipality except for four specific zones. “The Region gives an indication, it can’t stop a municipality to ban parking for security reasons,” adds the Mayor.