歐洲考慮出台電動滑板車新規

    From Paris to Berlin, European cities are searching for ways to deal with a trend that is affecting cities worldwide: Electric scooters.
    從巴黎到柏林,歐洲城市都在想辦法應對一種影響全球城市的趨勢:電動滑板車。

    Supporters say scooters are a jump into the future and a fun way to travel without creating pollution.
    支持者稱,滑板車是一種跨入未來的有趣出行方式,還不會産生汙染。

    Critics, on the other hand, note growing numbers of injuries and even deaths involving e-scooters.
    而另一方面,批評者指出,電動滑板車卷入的傷亡事故越來越多。

    Scooters in Europe
    滑板車在歐洲

    European countries are dealing with scooters in different ways.
    歐洲國家開始以不同的辦法應對滑板車。

    Paris has many e-scooter companies, and France's capital has at least 20,000 scooters traveling on its streets.
    巴黎有很多電動滑板車公司,首都街頭至少有2萬輛電動滑板車在行駛。

    This week, the French government met with the victims of scooter accidents as it prepares new rules.
    本周,法國政府在制定新規定之際會見了滑板車事故的受害者。

    The rules, expected in September, will likely place speed limits of about 20 kilometers an hour in most areas, and eight kilometers an hour in areas where many people walk.
    該規定預計于9月份出台,它可能會在大多數地區限速20公裏每小時,在行人衆多的地區限速8公裏每小時。

    Nationwide, fines for speeding could go up to $1,680.
    在法國範圍內的超速罰款最高可達1680美元。

    Berlin, Germany's capital, legalized electric scooters two months ago. The government quickly realized it needed new rules.
    德國首都柏林兩個月前將電動滑板車合法化。德國政府很快意識到需要出台新的規定。

    Last week, city officials announced plans for parking areas for scooters, which riders often leave on sidewalks.
    上周,市政官員宣布了滑板車停放區域的計劃,騎車人經常把滑板車停在人行道上。

    In southeastern Europe's Balkan countries, e-scooters are still operating in a legal gray zone -- except for Slovenia.
    在歐洲東南部的巴爾幹國家,電動滑板車仍然在法律的灰色地帶下運營,除了斯洛文尼亞以外。

    The country is working on legislation that will restrict the devices to pedestrian areas and bicycle lanes.
    斯洛文尼亞正在立法,將該設備限制在步行區和自行車道上。

    The rules will restrict speeds to 25 kilometers an hour, but in pedestrian areas, electric scooters will have to stay at the speed of a walking person.
    該規定將會限速25公裏每小時,但是在步行區,電動滑板車必須保持與行人同等的速度。

    Scooters will be subject to the same rules as bicycles. And underage scooter riders will be required to have to have lights and helmets.
    滑板車還將遵守與自行車相同的規則。還會要求未成年騎手必須安裝警示燈和佩戴頭盔。

    Scooters in the United States
    滑板車在美國

    Europe is not the only area struggling with how to deal with scooters.
    歐洲並非唯一一個苦于如何應對滑板車的地區。

    They are increasingly becoming an issue of debate in the United States.
    電動滑板車也越來越成爲美國爭論的焦點。

    Scooter companies, in many cases, deployed the devices throughout major American cities without permission or permits.
    在很多情況下,滑板車公司未經批准在美國主要城市部署這種設備。

    A recent report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials noted that in 2018, Americans took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters.
    全美城市交通官員協會最近的一份報告指出,2018年美國人騎行共享滑板車的次數達到了3850萬次。

    However, the future of rules for scooters in the U.S. remains an open question.
    然而,美國未來對電動滑板車的規定仍然是個未知數。

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