Repayment in March for Vélib 'subscribers, whose deployment has suffered serious delays, has been approved by the Syndicat Autolib' Vélib 'Métropole which has also sanctioned the Smovengo consortium again, announced Friday the Syndicate
The Union of Paris and Metropolitan Autolib 'Vélib' Métropole voted the reimbursement, already approved by the Paris Council, "in compensation for the severe disruption of service suffered," said a statement.  It is added to the repayment of the months of January and February, already voted in the past. Similarly, overtaking 30 minutes of travel, often due to computer bugs, will not be charged.
A refund form will be available on the website velib-metropole.fr in the coming days. Subscribers will have until June 30 to make their request.
The Union has also decided "the application of new penalties to Smovengo for the month of April", the company having already been fined three million euros for January, February and March. This new penalty should again amount to one million euros.
However, elected officials "noted the steady increase in the number of open stations in Paris and the Metropolis and the mobilization of Smovengo" to deploy the service.
The consortium -Smoove, an SME from Montpellier, Mobivia (Norauto, Midas), the Spanish Moventia and the Indigo- car parks, which takes over from the JCDecaux group, is the target of criticism because of the delay in the deployment of bicycles
The number of operational stations – some 500 stations at the end of March – is very far from the initial target of 700 stations on 1 January and 1400 at the end of March on Paris and the 60 adherent communes, according to the figures of the Syndicat Autolib 'Velib' Metropole Manager.