The association for the rights of people with disabilities We want to move has taken another step in its public denunciation of the lack of regulation of electric scooters of rent in Santa Cruz, so that it has been addressed to the Prosecutor’s Office “due to the lack of response from the Santa Cruz City Council”. “We have exposed to the prosecutor the situation in which we find ourselves totally defenseless. The scooters, left in any way, on any corner or blocking any sidewalk, represent additional barriers to overcome to those that we have historically suffered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, “says the spokesperson for the association, Ana Mengíbar.
We want to move points out that it has informed the Prosecutor’s Office of the “chaos” caused by these personal mobility vehicles (VMP), so that it can take the measures it deems appropriate. “The prosecutor has taken good note of our complaint and has told us that he will keep us informed of his management.”
Mengíbar insists that “we are moved by our interest in making our rights effective and living like any other citizen. The response capacity that people with disabilities have in the face of these obstacles, when they are left anywhere or when they are found circulating through pedestrian zones and sidewalks, is not the same as that of people who have all their faculties”. “The insecurity is absolute -he continues- and the possibilities of risk are maximum”.
“The situation of insecurity that we live in is unbearable, not only people with disabilities, but also groups such as the elderly, whom we have included in our demonstrations, since their difficulties are identical, since their faculties are reduced” , concluded the spokeswoman.
There are four electric scooter rental companies that operate in the capital of Tenerife, whose way of providing the service is raising strong criticism from the general public. The Santa Cruz City Council, for the moment, fines and removes scooters, but the measure is not having the desired effect, since they continue to appear anywhere.