Charlotte will allow more scooters—with more rules

Charlotte Observer reports the city will allow more electric scooters on its streets but with “rules to cap speeds, ban sidewalk riding from a big chunk of uptown and charge scooter rental companies a new fee.”

The proposed rules, which the City Council could vote on as soon as next week, would cap scooter speeds at 15 mph, ban riding in streets where the speed limit is over 35 mph, require scooter companies to put 20 percent of their vehicles in low-income neighborhoods every day and institute a “dynamic” fee charged to the scooter companies. That fee hasn’t been set, but it could vary based on factors such as whether scooters are parked correctly, to encourage the companies to act responsibly.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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