Electric Scooter : An Eco-Friendly Transport Supported by Green Politics
Electric scooter transport is very much in the running as one of several sustainable solutions favored by Green Politics. Environmental advocacy, particularly in urban areas, support the widespread use of pollutant-free vehicles.
Market Research Foresees Growth in E-Scooter Market
A report released in November 2018 by Research and Markets, estimates that by 2025, the electric scooter market will reach USD 28.56 billion. Based on findings gathered, the main driving factors that will sustain such growth, are government initiatives that will encourage the adoption of environment-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles. Sale of electric scooter in European and Asian regions have the support of government subsidiaries, in light of escalating prices of oil and fuel.
Lime, a major distributor of shared electric scooters and other short-distance vehicles, reported that the company was able to reduce carbon emissions by more than five (5) million pounds. The amount accordingly equals 140 times the U.S,. Annual per capita carbon output.
Significance of Green Politics Backing
Support coming from Green Politics is important, as there are calls for implementation of laws regulating such type of transport.
Despite their phenomenal popularity, the 2-wheel motorized vehicle also gained unfavorable attention; enough to prod local governments to take appropriate actions. After all, the negative issues, pertain to responsible operations and use of electric scooters rather than environmental impact.
In the U.S., Washington D.C. took initial steps by introducing a 1-year permitting program, primarily as means of proving the effects of the booming bike and scooter business. After demonstrating a high demand for dockless vehicle-sharing by the end of 2018, the city now plans to implement city-wide regulations in 2019, starting with a formal permitting process..
In September 2018, the U.S. City of Los Angeles went ahead by implementing a 1-year pilot program to address concerns over dockless vehicles, including the electric scooter. The year-long program includes limiting the volume of dockless vehicles-shared by capping the numbers to 3,000 units per operator. To address issues pertaining to safety and public order, users of 2-wheeled motorized vehicles are required to park them upright, and out of areas where pedestrians and motorists have the right-of-way.
Doug Shinkle, Director of Transportation Programs at the National Conference of State Legislature is optimistic that more American states will put into effect electric scooter measures.