Bolt winds up electric kick scooter test phase in Malta

The firm readies to launch service as soon as the regulatory framework comes into place

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Christian Keszthelyi

Bolt — former Taxify — has wound up its 30-day test phase of electric kick scooter sharing service in Malta, according to a press statement sent to Business Malta. Electric kick scooters are still illegal for public use in Malta, however, legislation is on the way and should come to force soon.

The company says it will now focus on collaborating with Transport Malta, supporting the authority in their effort delivering regulation into the vertical.

Bolt Malta said it is ready to roll out its electric kick scooter sharing service in the island nation “as soon as the regulatory framework is in place.”

Electric kick scooters are still illegal for public use in Malta. Watchdog Transport Malta earlier confirmed for this newsroom that legislation regulating the vertical is in works. Currently, the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects is running a public consultation before the regulation is finalised.

“We are closely following the discussion around the electric [kick] scooter regulation in Malta and would consider launching the service once the legal status is clear,” a Bolt spokesperson told BM earlier. “We are happy to work with the regulator in determining guidelines that would make sense for the public,” the Bolt spokesperson added.

“The feedback to our scooter service trial in Malta has been overwhelmingly positive, and it’s great to see that the greener alternative to traditional transportation was received so well,” said Dmitri Pivovarov, Director of Scooter Operations at Bolt, after the conclusion of the test phase. “We are excited to see that the public, the Transport Malta and the Government have given a lot of attention to micromobility,” he added.

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