In 2020, Paris cut the number of operators to three and the number of scooters to 15,000, and in late 2021, it reduced speed limits in some central areas. Copenhagen banned e-scooters in 2020 before allowing them back last fall under tighter rules, especially on parking.
“The situation has become too chaotic,” Helldén said. “Last summer, we had places where you couldn’t get to where you were going … Stockholmers couldn’t accept the disorder.”
A recent survey of 1,380 Stockholmers showed 57 percent were negative about e-scooters versus 50 percent a year earlier.
From next month, e-scooter operators in SEO Stockholm — which will also include U.S-based Lime and Bird, Germany’s Tier and Dutch rival Dott — will also have to follow new parking rules. If they don’t, they could be banned from the city after a review of their performance in July.