City Council passes legislation to stop issuing new permits for e-scooters

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation on Monday to stop issuing new permits for electric scooters and electric bikes.

Specifically, the legislation repeals the Department of City Planning’s authority to issue permits for the shareable, dockless devices. Permit holders issued a permit before Aug. 19, 2019 will be allowed to continue operations under the original terms of its issuance until the permit expires.

The vote comes after four deaths, numerous injuries, a speed limit placed on the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine and the implementation of a nighttime ban on renting the scooters and bikes.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has promised new measures to make city streets safe for scooter and bike riders. In an op-ed for the AJC, she said temporary barriers and new painted lanes would start appearing on Atlanta’s streets within the next 30 days.

Bottoms also said the city would revise its selection process for scooter companies to limit the number of vendors. Currently, nine companies are permitted to operate scooters and the mayor said that number would decrease. After the nighttime ban was announced, one e-scooter company, Gotcha, said it was pulling its fleet and leaving the Atlanta market.

There are still more than 10,000 dockless devices still on the streets from competitors like Bird, Lime and Jump.

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