The randomly parking of electric scooters needs to be dealt with urgently.
The popularity of electric scooters has risen markedly in various countries as people cut back on public transportation during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there has been a corresponding surge in complaints about "random parking": this small mobility tool is parked at random on zebra crossings, in front of stores, and even in the middle of the road.
For example, in South Korea, the "Central Daily" recently reported that government departments and traffic control departments in Seoul and surrounding areas, the capital of South Korea, have recently received complaints about electric scooters being parked in a variety of locations, such as subway exits, the middle of the road, the gates of shops, Car parking spaces, sidewalks, zebra crossings, sometimes tripping pedestrians, sometimes forcing cars to detour.
According to people familiar with the matter, many electric scooters belong to the "sharing economy", which is similar to shared bicycles, but it is "more casual" to park than shared bicycles.
A staff member of the transportation policy management department of the Gangdong-gu government in Seoul said: "We receive at least 10 complaints about electric scooters being parked indiscriminately every day... But when we arrived at the scene, shared electric scooters were often ridden away by other users. So, it’s really hard to police this kind of chaos.”
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has set out to discuss standards management with 16 shared electric scooter operators, such as delineating areas where electric scooters can be parked.