The Local Police has withdrawn in the last six months up to 100 electric scooters in Arona for blocking public roads. These vehicles, the use of which has multiplied exponentially in recent years in several municipalities, were poorly parked on sidewalks, loading and unloading areas or in car parks reserved for people with reduced mobility, among others.
Likewise, some of these electric scooters in Arona they have been withdrawn for circulating in prohibited areas.
The retired scooters are transferred to the municipal vehicle depot where, if they are not claimed in a period of between five and six months, after completing the administrative process they are destroyed.
The Councilor for Security, Francisco Marichal, points out that “it is necessary to ensure proper use of public space and work to remove obstacles that prevent free movement for all citizens, and that there are no barriers.”
Electric scooters in Arona and in other places on the Island
But the problems with electric scooters in Arona are not the only ones that the Island has. This week the Councilor for Security, Evelyn Alonso, assured that she was not aware of the existence of reports related to scooter accidents in recent weeks, with the exception of one that occurred in the neighborhood of La Salud, however, as this newspaper has been able to learn, at this time, 20 proceedings are open in the Attested section of the Local police related to scooter accidents.
To this should be added those that are resolved by part of the service, which is when there are no injuries or there is an agreement. These figures would come to confirm the complaint of the municipal opposition that maintained the existence of multiple incidents, accusing the councilor of lack of effective regulation of these vehicles.
Taking into account that the latest data provided by the Department of Security on incidents involving scooters is dated February, and in it 16 incidents were recorded in the month of January, the twenty is completed with four other incidents from that month to date . According to these same figures, from June to December 2021, almost 300 incidents with these personal mobility vehicles were recorded.
The arrival of these vehicles to the city scooter accidents have multiplied, which has forced the Department of Security to work on a specific regulation. At the moment, specific parking spaces for scooters are being painted and an ordinance is being worked on that allows the service to be put out to tender so that a single company can provide it in the capital. It also coordinates with companies so that scooters are disconnected in pedestrian areas, and work is being done so that they also do so when they circulate on sidewalks.