The City of Marietta, Georgia, Bans Electric Scooters


February 18, 2019

MARIETTA, GA. – According to an online news story published by usnews.com, the City of Marietta, Georgia, has banned electric scooters. The Marietta City Council voted to institute the ban, which takes effect immediately. The council cited safety as the reason for the ban.*

The Marietta City Council called for a vote on a proposed ban of electric scooters in the city limits. The scooters had drawn the ire of residents due to the tendency for them to end up all over sidewalks and to place pedestrians in danger. Residents and council members were also concerned about rider safety on the vehicles. 

Council members were unanimous in their support for the ban. Starting immediately, scooter companies will have to collect the vehicles already inside the city and will not be able to deploy other scooters in Marietta. Under the ban, people are not allowed to use scooters they found elsewhere, either, and any scooters that end up in the city will be impounded. Impounded scooters might also result in fines to scooter companies at the City’s discretion. 

Marietta joins Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, in implementing an outright ban on the vehicles. Both Marietta and Athens-Clark officials said the scooters are not in line with safety goals. Marietta council members wanted the city to stay pedestrian friendly, and the scooters were placing that in jeopardy. 

E-scooters have become the subject of a health effects study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after officials in Austin, Texas, grew concerned about safety for riders and pedestrians. The results of the study are expected to be released sometime in March 2019. 

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Source:https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/georgia/articles/2019-02-14/atlanta-area-citys-electric-scooter-ban-goes-into-effect

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