While kick scooters have been banned from pedestrian walkways in France, the French police force is looking into using the stand-up scooters (trottinettes) to fight street crime. If the three-month trial in the northwestern French town of Honfleur is successful, local authorities will invite scooter companies to make bids to supply police trottinettes.
The scooters are, of course, not just any old scooter, but are based on US Army models used in landing operations. The 30 km range and a maximum speed of up to 25 km/h is nothing special for scooters, but they apparently have larger tyres that make for a smoother ride in a downtown chase. It is expected that in some circumstances officers using them will be able to reach incidents more quickly than those on foot, or in cars.
But what if the bad guys have electric scooters too? Here’s hoping we’ll see this in an action film soon!