New Regulations Restricting Micro-Mobility Companies Come Into Force in Tel Aviv
The main restrictions imposed by the new regulations refer to where and how shared-bikes and e-scooters are allowed to be parked, placing full responsibility on the operating company and not on users
Tomer Hadar | 15:35 01.08.2019
New regulations restricting the activity of micro-mobility companies operating in Tel Aviv came into force Thursday. The new regulations affect companies offering dockless electric-scooter or bike-sharing services, namely Los Angeles-headquartered Bird Rides Inc., Berlin-based Wind, operated by BYKE Mobility GmbH, San Mateo, California-headquartered Lime, incorporated as Neutron Holdings Inc., and Chinese company Beijing Mobike Technology Co. Ltd. Earlier this week, Calcalist reported that the new regulations caused local e-scooter-sharing service LEO to pull out of Tel Aviv.
According to data from the city, in the past six weeks, about 2,000 shared e-scooters were confiscated due to obstructive parking or illegal driving and 13,000 tickets were issued to e-scooter users since the beginning of 2019 for various infringements. Local police have recently begun to systematically pull over e-scooter users for breathalyzer tests. Last week, Tel Aviv announced residents can report illegally parked scooters via the city’s official mobile app. In light of the new regulations in Tel Aviv as well as state wide-regulations that came into force in July restricting the age of users and requiring licenses, Bird recently began carding its users. Lime took a different approach, opting to inform users of the restrictions through a billboard and ad campaign.