The directive prepared by IMM in order to streamline the electric skateboard (e-scooter) sharing systems was not accepted by UKOME. Drawing attention to such a result, even though the prepared directive was approved by the Ministry, IMM Transportation Department Head Utku Cihan said, “In the directive, no increase was foreseen for skateboard fees. The fact that scooters have an identification number is applied in many cities of the world. "The aim is not to earn money, but to provide quick help or complaint in an emergency."
At the Transport Coordination Center (UKOME) meeting held last month, IMM brought the directive it prepared to put the electric skateboard (e-scooter) rental application into a system, which has become widespread in Istanbul as well as all over the world. The directive, which aims to determine the rules in this field, increase the service quality and provide a legal infrastructure to the system, was not approved by the majority of votes in UKOME.
THE WORLD HAS BEEN EXAMINED AND PREPARED, THE MINISTRY GIVES 'IT'S OK'
Stating that some wrong information about the regulation has been reflected to the public in recent days, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Transportation Department Head Utku Cihan said, “Creating a new door of rent, wage increase, etc. with the plate expressed in social media and various media outlets. not all issues reflect the truth. In its spirit, the Directive is in a structure that takes into account the sustainable, environmentally friendly and urban mobility-enhancing characteristics of electric vehicle sharing systems, and will pave the way for innovation, employment and R&D studies in the sector, based on the awareness that this area will gain more importance in the future. On the other hand, it also includes user safety and the health of the commercial structures of the actors in the sector, ”he said.
Stating that IMM has examined all similar regulatory works around the world for 3 months, shared the directive draft with initiatives of all sizes operating in the sector, and that contributions are requested from universities and non-governmental organizations and people working in these fields, Cihan said:
“Views were also exchanged with the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. At this point, both the feedbacks received were included in the directive and the competence of the work was conveyed to us by the authorities of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. An extremely transparent process was followed until the directive was finalized. "
INCREASE IN WAGE WAS NOT ENVISAGED
Utku Cihan emphasized that in the directive, they do not restrict companies from establishing price tariffs in line with the demands from the sector, and that they aim to prevent companies that own electric skateboards from being crushed under competitive conditions by creating a floor and ceiling price, and continued his words as follows:
"Directive, 'Electric Skateboard Sharing System initial fee 2 fully electronic tickets and per minute usage fees cannot exceed 1 full electronic ticket. The opening fee cannot be less than 1/1 of 3 full electronic ticket and the usage fee per minute cannot be less than 1/1 of 6 full electronic ticket ' item was included. According to this article, companies cannot exceed 7TL / 3.5TL as a ceiling fee (opening and min). It is also said that the base fee (opening and min) cannot be below 1.16TL / 0.58TL. Considering that the common fee is 1.99TL / 0.59TL, the directive does not require a raise. At the same time, destructive competition conditions are not prevented by pulling the current pricing below the base wage criterion. The directive, which includes this and many other regulations, contributes to the development of smart transportation systems, which is one of the transportation types of the future, and prevents the occurrence of user and commercial grievances. "
Underlining that the fact that vehicles have an identification number in electric skateboard systems is applied in many cities of the world, Cihan said, “The aim here is not to make a profit on the license plate. It is to ensure that the necessary applications and messages can be made in a short way during the violation or any emergency situation by third parties other than the operator company and the user. During any accident or violation, the necessary assistance or complaint can be easily made through the identification number of the boat, without specifying a place. The operating companies already have a code in their systems belonging to each skateboard. Plate is only a way of making it visible to third parties ”.
OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS OF THE INSTRUCTION
Apart from these two issues that are frequently mentioned and discussed in the public, the directive includes many other regulations regarding the development of electric skateboard driving culture, user safety and public awareness. Other important arrangements foreseen are as follows;
- Firms must have at least one mass awareness campaign every year.
- It is mandatory to have a fall sensor in the vehicles. In case of a warning from the fall sensor of a moving skateboard, the user should be contacted immediately and asked if he / she needs emergency assistance, and if necessary, the 112 emergency service should be directed according to the location information in the system.
- It should be ensured that a monitoring mechanism is established for users, and the usage rights of persons subject to more than one violation are restricted for a period of time.
- Anonymous driving data should be shared with local governments in line with open data principles.
- Business companies must have ISO 27001, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 and ISO 39001 certificates.
- Each skateboard must be insured for damages and damages that may be caused to third parties.
- When it is determined that it is used with a pleasurable substance, the user's right of use is suspended for 180 days in the first violation, and in the second violation, the system membership is terminated indefinitely.
- Vehicles below 10% charge level cannot be used.
- Operating companies have to give a confidentiality undertaking within the scope of KVKK.