Report: Atlanta City Council approves regulations for scooters

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The Atlanta City Council approved new mandates at its Jan. 7 meeting to regulate the proliferation of electric scooters on city streets.

Under new rules approved by the council, scooters must be parked upright on sidewalks and allow pedestrians five feet of space. Companies that violate the policy could be fined $1,000 per day, according to a report in the AJC. Residents have complained about scooters blocking sidewalks, falling into streets and being stacked up in piles.

But the biggest impact to users will be the ban on riding the scooters on sidewalks. According to the new rules, scooters can now only be operated in the street. There was  no move to ban the scooters from the Atlanta BeltLine, where they are technically not allowed in the first place.

The regulations also require the scooter companies – which include Bird, Lime, Uber and Lyft – to pay $12,000 per year for an operating permit, which allows for 500 scooters. Each additional scooter deployed by the companies will cost an extra $50.

While most of the dockless scooters have a speed limit, the city set 15 miles per hour as the maximum speed allowed.

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