The City of São Paulo published on Saturday (10) a new regulation for electric scooters. Since May, the city had a decree that dealt with the matter provisionally and now has more defined rules.
The main change from the previous text is the requirement that scooters be kept in parking pockets, and not in any public place. The points will be defined by the City Hall and indicated to users in the applications.
The regulation also limits circulation to bike lanes and bike lanes, streets with a speed limit of 40 km / h and routes intended for leisure, such as Avenida Paulista on Sundays. Users will not be able to ride scooters on sidewalks, shoulders and other areas intended for pedestrians and cars.
The new decree maintains the maximum circulation speed at 20 km / h, but requires that the limit be 15 km / h in the first 10 trips of each user. Under the rules, companies must adopt ways to ensure that limits are respected.
Scooters must have speed indicator, buzzer and night signal (front, rear and side). One of the points that are still open is whether or not the helmet is required, which should be analyzed by the Municipal Road Use Committee.
Among the new rules, there is also a ban on the use of electric scooters by people under 18. The decree determines that scooters are for individual use and that users cannot carry passengers, animals or loads weighing more than 5 kg.
Inspection will be carried out by agents from the Municipal Transportation Secretariat, sub-municipalities and CET (Companhia de Engenharia de Trafego). They will define the points based on data provided by the companies on regions with greater circulation.
The decree defines that users “will be held civilly, criminally and administratively responsible for any moral, physical or material damage caused”. Companies will also be able to pass on fines to offenders. The new regulation is already in effect, but companies have 60 days to adapt.
Sought by Tecnoblog, Grow, owner of Yellow and Grin, said it analyzes each point of the service regulation decree in São Paulo. “In general, the company evaluates the text as positive and points out that it supports the measures planned for the organization of public space in the city, essential for the good coexistence between everyone and for the development of the offer of shared scooters and bikes”, he said in note.
“Grow will continue to monitor and contribute to the definition of the resolutions of the Municipal Road Use Committee (CMUV), within the scope of the Working Group created by the City to discuss the regulation”, completed the company.
Lime, in turn, reported that, months before starting operations in São Paulo, it was already participating in the working group that discussed the text of the regulation and that debuted in the city duly registered, according to the provisional decree of May.
“Lime believes that this open dialogue channel made it possible for the regulations instituted in the municipality today to be balanced, ensuring harmonious coexistence between the various modes of transport and pedestrians. And yet, it contributed to the safe circulation of everyone, one of the company’s priorities ”.
The company stated that it will participate in debates within the Municipal Road Use Committee, where the remaining points of the regulation will be discussed. “We will continue, as always, contributing with the best practices, so that São Paulo becomes a global reference in micromobility”, says Lime.
In a note, Scoo states that the company already operates with the model of fixed stations in private establishments for the removal of equipment and, therefore, is in full alignment with the decree.
“With this model of fixed stations, already applied by Scoo, and the tracking devices installed in our fleet, these are resources that already allow the extraction of the information necessary for geolocation”, says the company.