Auderghem goes solo for drop zones for shared e-scooters

Auderghem, one of the 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region, is stepping up its fight against the illegal parking of shared mobility units. Drop zones will soon be created.

The city is doing this on its own initiative because of the lack of directives related to the ordinance approved by the Brussels Region in March, the newspaper La Capitale writes.

In March 2022, the Brussels Region adopted an ordinance that allows municipalities to ban the illegal parking of shared vehicles such as motorbikes, bicycles, and scooters. But since then, the municipalities have been waiting for the instructions.

“Since March, we haven’t had any information on implementing the ordinance. At the beginning of this summer, we received an email saying that it would take time but that we would be able to put up signs from October 2022,” says Matthieu Pillois (DéFI), Alderman for Mobility.

Fines issued

Refusing to wait that long to improve the situation, the municipality has now decided to define zones dedicated explicitly to parking these means of transport.

The municipal agents have identified the places where the problematic phenomenon is recurrent. Therefore, about ten places will have a drop-zone for shared e-scooters, bicycles, and motorbikes. The sites will be near metro exits, commercial centers, and schools.

Municipal regulation

A municipal regulation validating this decision will be submitted to the municipal council for approval at the start of the 2022 school year. Therefore, the number of drop zones may increase over time.

Discussions are planned with the operators to manage the situation as best as possible, and officers will continue to issue fines in case of a problem.

Since the announcement that Brussels would assign drop zones for e-scooters, it has remained a dead law. Some municipalities take their own initiatives, but these are sporadic rather than collective general approaches.

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