Paris is taking another try at living with the electric rental scooters that have spread over the world and made Paris and other cities unhappy because of safety issues and a proliferation of broken or abandoned scooters blocking roads and sidewalks.
This time out, the city is issuing licenses to only three companies, Lime, Dott and Tier. Each will be allowed five thousand scooter; together they will have less than half the number estimated to be in use at present. Sixteen companies had applied. Others may be approved in future if demand warrants.
City officials said that three criteria were involved in the selection: "They have been selected on the basis of three criteria: environmental responsibility, user safety, and lastly the management of maintenance and recharging of the vehicles." For its part, the city is creating 2,500 dedicated parking spaces to help avoid having them left on walkways and cycle paths.