Strict restrictions and no-go zones have been set up for this year’s Oktoberfest targeting e-scooters.
The city of Munich announced a raft of restrictions for e-scooters during this year’s Oktoberfest.
A large no-ride and no-park zone has been set up at the Theresienwiese festival grounds where Oktoberfest takes place. Several surrounding areas will have rental and parking restrictions for the vehicles.
From 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next morning, e-scooters will not be allowed to be rented in a 1-kilometer radius surrounding Oktoberfest.
The five companies that operate e-scooter rentals in Munich have agreed to quickly collect any scooters that find their way into the banned areas.
Munich officials explained that the rules are intended to prevent accidents, particularly as people leave festival grounds drunk. Besides drunk riders, sloppily parked e-scooters could pose a risk to other pedestrians and Oktoberfest visitors.
This year’s Oktoberfest runs from September 21 through October 6.
German cities are calling for tighter safety measures regarding the use of e-scooters. The Association of German Cities (DST) called for stricter regulations need to put in place as e-scooters becoming increasingly ubiquitous on city streets.