Electric Scooters Not Street Legal in PA; Scooter Company Rollouts Stalled
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – November 5, 2018 - According to an online story from mnn.com, projected electric scooter rollouts in the state of Pennsylvania have stalled after the revelation that the vehicles are not street legal in the state.*
E-scooters have been making waves in cities around the country lately — both good and bad. While many people are happy to have an efficient way to travel short distances or make it from public transit to work, others loathe the vehicles. People in Philadelphia were expecting the city to become another hub for e-scooters, but efforts so far to make that happen are now stalled.
In 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation published a fact sheet stating that electric scooters cannot be operated on Pennsylvania roadways or sidewalks. The explicit expression as to the illegality of the vehicles made it clear e-scooters were not going to come to Philadelphia any time soon. In order for that to happen, the state would have to overhaul its vehicle code through a bill introduced in the state legislature.
Officials in Philadelphia do not seem willing to push the point right now or take the lead on authoring any new proposed legislation.
“The city is not taking an active role in that,” said Aaron Ritz, Philadelphia manager of bicycle and pedestrian planning projects. “What we are very nervous about is what’s been seen elsewhere in major cities overnight.”
In other cities, the vehicles have appeared in droves, seemingly overnight. Pedestrians have been injured in crashes with them, riders have been injured in accidents, and the scooters are littered all over sidewalks. Angry residents have been throwing the scooters in dumpsters and vandalizing them. For now, Pennsylvania seems content with the vehicles remaining off its streets and sidewalks.
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