License Plates to Help Tel Aviv Track Down E-Scooter Delinquents
The city of Tel Aviv has taken its fight against rampant electric scooters up another notch to try and curb riders from riding on the sidewalk
The city of Tel Aviv has taken its fight against rampant electric scooters up another notch. On Tuesday, the city announced it will require shared e-scooter companies operating in the city to install license plates on all their vehicles. The deadline for compliance is December 15.Three companies currently operate shared e-scooters in Tel Aviv: Bird Rides Inc., Wind operated by BYKE Mobility GmbH, and Lime incorporated as Neutron Holdings Inc. City officials are hoping that by making the e-scooters trackable, they could influence riders to be more accountable. Tel Aviv is trying to curb riders from riding on the sidewalk—an offense that carries a fine of NIS 250 (approximately $71.50). In May, the city announced in a Facebook post that during the first five months of the year 9,000 tickets were issued to electric scooters and bike users who rode their vehicles on sidewalks.Despite heavy fines and enforcement efforts, many riders continue to take to the sidewalks. some of which were deadly.