Legislation introduced to block additional e-scooters on Atlanta streets

Atlanta City Councilmember Carla Smith introduced legislation on behalf of the mayor’s office at the Aug. 5 meeting that would block the issuing of permits for new electric scooters, bikes and other dockless devices.

The legislation comes on the heels of an executive order issued on July 25 by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms blocking permits for additional scooters and dockless devices. Specifically, the legislation would repeal the Department of City Planning’s authority to issue shareable dockless mobility device permits.

Operators like Bird, Lime, Jump and others holding permits issued prior to Aug. 19 will be allowed to operate through the expiration of their permits. Whether permit renewals will happen remains to be seen as the city grapples with three scooter-related deaths and complaints from residents about the proliferation of the devices.

The legislation was referred to the Council’s Transportation Committee, which will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, in Committee Room No. 1 at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. SW.

“Given the serious effects these devices have on our infrastructure, public safety, and quality of life, the City cannot allow this rapidly growing industry to move faster than our ability to regulate it,” Bottoms said in a statement. “In the coming weeks, this administration will introduce a larger solution to keep our streets safe for all modes of transportation—including scooters, cars, bikes and wheelchairs—and ensure greater equity in mobility.”

 

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