Dott Makes Its Pitch To Paris As E-Scooter Licenses Come Up For Renewal

Because the months wind down on Paris’s e-scooter licenses, the three corporations working within the metropolis are prepping their instances for renewal – and enlargement of the scheme.

In 2020, Paris cracked down on the variety of e-scooter sharing corporations. One time as much as 12 corporations have been energetic on its road. Beneath Mayor Anne Hidalgo that was minimize to 3 with a tendering course of to make sure stricter guidelines are adhered to.

All of the whereas the French capital has launched into an bold plan to make town cycle-friendly and to cut back automobile congestion.


E-scooters have confirmed in style amongst Parisians however it has not been easy crusing for e-scooter corporations. Metropolis officers have flagged points round misuse like sidewalk driving and reckless parking.

As licenses come up for renewal in March 2023, one of many operators within the metropolis, Dott, has filed a proposal with metropolis corridor to enhance the scheme and preserve it alive. Tier and Lime are the opposite operators within the metropolis.

“[City officials] requested us to return to debate the subsequent section. They’re extraordinarily clearly demanding, which was the identical factor within the first place and that is most likely why Paris has been the capital of micromobility since 2020,” Nicolas Gorse, chief enterprise officer, stated.


“We had this assembly the place they stated that you must enhance on parking, want to enhance and display on the setting [impact] and that you must affect security and we would like concrete proposals and statistics with a purpose to make [up] our thoughts.”

There are round 15,000 e-scooters in operation in Paris with Dott working 5,000 of these. Paris has constructed greater than 2,500 parking spots for e-scooters.

Successfully implementing parking stays an enormous situation. Gorse stated some parking spots are getting used far more than others and that Dott and its rivals should determine the “equation” round the place to successfully place parking spots.

Gorse stated that there are nonetheless points with automobile drivers parking in these spots.

Metropolis officers have urged the three operators to collaborate on a joint decision to the parking situation and different challenges.


Tier, the German outfit that additionally operates within the metropolis, stated it’s participating with metropolis officers to deal with these points.

Erwann Le Web page, director of public coverage for Western Europe at Tier, stated in an announcement that there was a “worrying rise” in e-scooter and different micromobility accidents however efforts are being made to curtail that.

“In reality shared e-scooters are safer in lots of instances as we implement velocity limits, necessary parking zones and no-ride zones within the metropolis and we ban customers who’re caught driving anti-socially,” Le Web page stated.

“We’re open to working with the municipal police to proceed to enhance the protection of our service, and we proceed to name for segregated micromobility infrastructure, retaining pedestrians, e-scooter riders and cyclists and automobiles separated, lowering the probabilities of a collision.”


A spokesperson for Lime, the third operator within the metropolis, echoed comparable feedback on the best way to transfer ahead in Paris.

“We proceed to have productive conversations with the Metropolis about the way forward for the shared e-scooter program in Paris. With some necessary enhancements, we’re optimistic that Parisians’ overwhelming help for e-scooters and the worth they supply town as an emissions-free transportation choice will finally result in this system’s renewal,” the spokesperson stated.

Dott’s Gorse stated that it is important that the businesses share information round e-scooter utilization with the native authorities to assist inform funding selections on biking and different non-car infrastructure.

“We’ve got to repeatedly share all information with a purpose to make sure that town adapts infrastructure to the utilization that is presently being performed.”

Different points like sidewalk driving stay a problem.


“The important thing there may be how will we affect habits? We expect that the important thing with sidewalk driving is for individuals to know that that is forbidden. Not just for them to know that that is forbidden, however that in the event that they do it, they’d be chargeable for an precise wonderful,” Gorse added.

One other demand that Dott and others are dealing with from Paris officers is to display their environmental credentials.

Micromobility corporations have lengthy touted their emissions-free type of transport.

“The factor is, does a scooter final lengthy sufficient to compensate for the emission that was performed when it was constructed? For this we’re very overtly sharing our information,” Gorse stated.

In accordance with Dott, the e-scooters it placed on the streets in 2019 are nonetheless in operation and it expects its present fashions to have a lifespan of 5 years.


Gorse stated Dott’s Paris fleet is charged with renewable power and stated that present sky-high power prices in Europe could have restricted impact on its operations as the price to cost one scooter remains to be low.

“Sure [the cost of energy] might be doubled, might be tripled, might be multiplied by 5, however it’s nonetheless going to be a negligible quantity as comparability to our different prices as a result of the scooter is so frugal by way of power consumption,” he stated.

“That is one thing we’re , that is one thing we’re involved about, however this isn’t one thing that might put our enterprise mannequin in danger or that will lead to a major worth enhance.”


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