IMM brings regulations to electric skateboard (e-scooter) rental systems. The arrangement covers both the agencies that provide rental services and the users of electric skateboards. The directive will be discussed at the UKOME meeting on July 23.
Regulations are being introduced to the electric skateboard (e-scooter) rental system, which is increasing in use in Istanbul. İBB Transportation Department prepared a directive to determine the rules in this field and to provide a legal infrastructure for the service provided. The draft directive, which was also shared with the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, was sent to the sub-commission as a result of the meeting held at UKOME. The “Electric Skateboard Sharing Systems Directive”, finalized by making changes in line with the opinions of the subcommittees, will be discussed at the UKOME meeting on July 23.
Participatory method was followed
The draft directive prepared by the IMM Directorate of Transportation was prepared by presenting it to many stakeholders in accordance with the principle of participation. Accordingly, a draft text was sent to the firms operating in the sector, transportation experts academicians and non-governmental organizations, and a return was requested.
What the directive brings
The Directive has been prepared in order to support the electric skateboard sharing industry as an employment area and possibilities to contribute to R&D and domestic production and to gain a legal infrastructure. The Directive provides comprehensive regulations for users, operators and the public good. The directive, which brings many security obligations for companies, aims to increase the quality of the service that users also receive.
Together with the directive, IMM will license the companies serving in this field by registering them. The directive, which requires every electric skateboard to have an identification number visible from all directions, prepares the infrastructure for the detection of violated skateboard users and reporting to the relevant units.
The directive obliges the business owners to equip many technological features, such as the tipping sensor of the skateboard they serve. Thanks to the tipping sensor, it is also compulsory to contact the users who have had an accident immediately and to receive an emergency assistance request. Another arrangement for the operator will be to provide clear information to the users on issues such as charging status and range.
Alcohol skateboarding, behaviors that will endanger pedestrians, and the directive that imposes parks that prevent pedestrian flow, also include the obligation for operators to train users on mobile discipline.
Along with the Directive, a mass information campaign will be requested at least once a year in order to develop and settle the driving culture.