Bike-sharing and moped-sharing companies to need operating licences

Regulations have now been definitively approved to limit the presence and minimise the impact of bike and moped sharing services on public space. The procedure to issue licences will now begin, with operating companies paying a tax of 71.51 euros per vehicle per year.

04/07/2019 16:38 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The vehicle licence will be obligatory and non-transferable, valid for three years with the option of an additional year. The regulation anticipates a total of 3,975 licences for bicycles and 6,958 for mopeds, up to a maximum of 2,650 and 4,639 licences respectively. This offers the possibility for the existing fleet in Barcelona to almost double, providing the conditions established by the new regulations are met:

  • Push bikes, electric bikes and electric mopeds must all meet municipal sustainability criteria.
  • All vehicles must include geolocalisation systems.
  • Municipal access to data on the use of the system in real time.
  • No more than 50% of the fleet can be concentrated in the city centre for a period exceeding two hours. This zone includes the district of L’Eixample, the neighbourhoods around Av. Diagonal in the districts of Sarrià – Sant Gervasi and Gràcia, and the lower section of the neighbourhood of Baix Guinardó.
  • All bikes must have systems enabling them to be attached to bike parking racks in public spaces.
  • Badly parked vehicles must be removed within 24 hours.
  • A tax of 71,51 euros must be paid per vehicle per year.
  • Companies must have civil liability insurance for their vehicles.
  • Companies must operate socially responsible labour conditions.
  • Licences issued may not be transferred or lent to others.
  • A deposit of 10% of the total amount of tax payable for a company’s fleet is needed to guarantee that licence issue conditions are suitably met.
  • All mopeds must be parked according to municipal regulations set out in the by-law on the circulation of pedestrians and vehicles.

Failure to comply with the conditions for the use of public space may result in fines of 450,76 euros and the loss of the deposit. The City Council will also be able to:

  • Confiscate vehicles if they are used after the licence has expired.
  • Revoke the licence is the vehicle is not used during a period of over twenty days.
  • Revoke the licence if required in the interests of the public.

Minimising the impact on public space

The overall volume of licences will be divided between the number of applicants meeting the requirements and a draw will be organised to determine the order they are awarded in. If, as expected, fewer licences are applied for than the number available, each company will be awarded the established maximum. The call for applications and the terms and conditions will be published in the Official Gazette of the Province of Barcelona (BOBP) in the coming days.

The proliferation of shared mobility companies helps combat pollution, foster the use of bicycles and public transport and promote electric vehicles. The new regulatory framework will help minimise the negative effects, namely road safety and the occupation of public space.

 

 

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