When in Rome, do as the Romans say 🇮🇹

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🇮🇹 When in Rome, do as the Romans say

This weekend, Dott and Lime faced fines from Rome due to a lack of compliance with the city’s fleet density rules.

Rome has a history of enforcing strict rules for their operators to abide by, particularly concerning vehicle locations, density and the distance between each vehicle (see p14 of our Q2 2023 Index for more info). Dott and Lime struggled to meet these rules, and as a consequence are banned from operating across the city for 7 days. It will be impossible to rent Lime’s scooters from June 1st to 7th, their bikes from June 8th to 14th and Dott’s bikes from June 15th to 21st.

The municipality wrote to the operators, stating that “the reiteration of such non-compliance for a further month will result in the suspension of the service for 30 consecutive days and the withdrawal of the vehicles”. The operators also face financial penalties, Lime’s totalling over €80,000.

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Amsterdam (NL) | New mopeds in the city will have to be electric from 2025, with existing riders given until 2030 to make the switch.

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Bird generated $3.68m in revenue and a net loss $8.37m this March.

Cambridge Electric Transport raises £900,000 for CitiPod, its four-wheeled bike.

Donkey Republic experiences a change in their Board of Directors

France’s Ministry for Transport launches the Micromobility Observatory, a campaign designed to better regulate scooters.

Hop partners with Luna Systems and Istanbul Municipality to ensure that its scooters are correctly parked.

Lime has cut its carbon emissions by 60% since 2019.

SIXT’s app integrates Zity cars in both Madrid and Milan.

TIER filed its 2021 accounts, showing a net loss of €91.5m and €67.4m in revenue - a 21% revenue increase from 2020.

The Irish Road Safety Authority allows electric scooters to be driven on Irish roads, and introduces restrictions on speed and usage of the vehicles.

Valeo partners with Smovengo to renovate batteries and motors.

Vélo & Territoires finds a 37% increase in cycling in France since 2019.

VelyVelo raises €6m, in part to work towards zero-emission solutions.

Voi reports 306,000 rides in one week in Stockholm, coinciding with Taylor Swift’s concerts in the city.

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