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dateline: 26 June 2019

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Paris Cracks Down on Electric Scooter Misuse

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • crack down on: to start taking bad behaviour more seriously
  • electric scooter: a two-wheel mode of transportation that you stand on; has handle bars
  • misuse: improper or illegal use
  • impose: to force something (usually new and not wanted) on someone
  • fleet: a group of vehicles under one ownership
  • critic: one who disagrees or feels negatively about something

Paris Cracks Down on Electric Scooter Misuse

The trend of and riding two-wheel scooters has taken off in Paris, causing city officials to impose fines for misuse. Electric users in Paris can be fined for parking in doorways, riding over 20 km/hour, and riding on the . In addition, rental operators will soon have to pay a fee for each scooter that is in their fleet. There are at least 20,000 scooters available in Paris, a number that is expected to double by the end of this year. Critics of the rental program say that Paris has turned into a .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What are Paris officials cracking down on?
  2. Why does the report mention doorways?
  3. Why might scooter misuse become a bigger problem in 2020?

Discussion Questions

Why do you think electric scooter rentals have become so popular so quickly? Do you think this is just a passing trend or do you think this new mode of transportation is here to stay?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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