Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, to Propose Regulations on E-Scooters
ATLANTA, GA. – According to an online news story reported at patch.com, the mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, is set to propose regulations on electric scooters in the city. The news of potential regulations comes in the wake of two scooter-related fatalities in Atlanta.*
At the next scheduled meeting of the Atlanta City Council, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be proposing new regulations on dockless electric scooters designed to prevent additional accidents in the city. In response to two recent deaths in Atlanta involving people riding on scooters, Bottoms implemented a temporary prohibition on new scooter permits in the city and stated that she wanted to more seriously consider the ramifications of the vehicles.
“Across the nation, municipalities are dealing with the sudden and unforeseen impact these devices have had on our communities,” Bottoms said. “While some municipalities have banned the devices altogether, the city of Atlanta acted in good faith to work with the private sector to explore innovative solutions to ease existing commuting strains. However, as Atlanta has seen two scooter related deaths, this complex issue requires a more thorough and robust dialogue.”
The city of Alpharetta, Georgia, is among the municipalities Bottoms referenced that have banned dockless electric scooters. The city cited safety and nuisance considerations in enacting the ban, saying that residents had been reporting scooters left on sidewalks and scooter riders nearly being involved in traffic collisions. Grady Memorial Hospital has reported that up to 100 of its monthly emergency department visits are related to scooter injuries.
In response to the moratorium from Bottoms and the possibility of strict regulations in Atlanta, scooter company Lime said that it hoped the city would eliminate vendors that were not providing adequate service, rather than banning all scooters. Lime said it was able to provide full-scale services to ease the concerns of local governments.
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