City of Columbus Sets Rules for Electric Scooters

posted by Scott Jennings - 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The City of Columbus has laid out rules and regulations regarding the regulation of electric scooters across the city.

Mayor Andrew Ginther asked the city's Public Service Department to come up with the rules to manage right-of-way concerns, and keep riders and pedestrians safe.

The rules take effect immediately.

Among the new regulations:

  • Companies offering the devices must have a permit, with a maximum of eight companies allowed to operate in the city.
  • Devices must be parked upright, and cannot be parked in the vehicle portions of the street, including parking spaces and loading zones. They also cannot block doorways, and cannot block pedestrians on sidewalks.
  • Each company that receives a permit to operate is limited to 500 devices, and the devices can not go faster than 15 MPH.
  • Companies offering the scooters must offer them in neighborhoods outside of the Central Business District.
  • Companies offering the service must make it available to those without a credit card.

The Ginther administration will be drafting legislation in the near future regarding operation of the devices.

(photo via Getty Images)

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