The mayoress of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona), the socialist Núria Marín, proposes a regulation of electric scooters that allows these vehicles to be "seized" in cases of misuse and that requires them to be registered and have civil liability insurance.
In an interview with Efe, Marín has warned that the popularization of electric scooters has become a "real problem", which also contributes to generating a feeling of insecurity on the streets, especially among the elderly.
"We have to regulate. We have to force scooters to have a license plate, insurance and that we can seize them if someone does not make proper use of it. We do not have this today, we need a law to put order in this aspect", remarked the also president of the Diputació de Barcelona, who has lamented the lack of response from the administrations in this area.
Although it is an issue that "has nothing to do with criminal acts", the mayoress and PSC candidate for re-election has emphasized that it is an element that "generates a lot of insecurity".
"Citizens are concerned, especially older people, who feel insecure when they leave their homes, into public spaces, and who are concerned about how a scooter can cause them to fall or create a complicated situation for them."
For Marín, the regulation by law and the introduction of measures such as registration, compulsory insurance or the possibility of retaining the scooter, would help municipalities to have more efficient and effective tools to solve the problem.
"In the city we are suffering from it. As much as the Urban Guard has imposed 2,000 fines and sanctions, it is not enough. We ask that it be legislated," he added.
Also in the field of security, the mayoress has urged the Government of Pere Aragonès to "put its batteries" to combat criminal and mafia occupations and has called for "radical and forceful" measures to resolve this phenomenon, which "generates very great in communities and neighborhoods".
"It cannot be, something is not normal when 50% of the occupations in all of Spain are concentrated in Catalonia. And of this 50%, the vast majority occur in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Something is failing", has underlined.
Marín has highlighted that the joint work with the Ministry of the Interior, with which a special plan was designed in November to reinforce the police presence in the Florida-Les Planes district, has improved the feeling of security in the area.
This part of the city has gained prominence in recent months due to clashes with the police forces in which the ragpicker Morad has been involved, who is now prohibited from accessing the area by court order.
On whether this restraining order has contributed to improving the situation, he pointed out: "I don't know if all the problems in a neighborhood can be blamed on one person, but it is clear that the problems that have been generated for a long time are no longer being producing. I believe that everything can help this calmer climate".