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Electric scooter boom in Italy after lifting of virus lockdown

Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 12:50:20-04

The lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Italy have led to a boom in electric scooters as an alternative form of transportation.

As many as 16,000 scooters have been made available since May and over 1,000,000 rides have been recorded, according to officials.

Five companies are supplying the market, offering quick rides in the city for a couple of dollars.

The service is particularly appreciated by tourists.

But as the numbers increase, many feel the situation in the city is getting problematic.

The basic rules of the road are not being respected, with some leaving them parked carelessly by the street, or blocking sidewalks.

According to local police databases, 400 fines were issued between July and August.