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SLC Council to consider ordinance regulating scooters

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 16:41:01-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Council could pass an ordinance next month regulating e-scooters.

The proposed ordinance has taken years to refine, but it would address complaints from pedestrians by limiting where they can be ridden and parked. It also allows the mayor to limit the number of scooter companies that can move into the city.

The ordinance calls for scooters to be treated like bicycles and largely bans them from sidewalks (a frequent complaint to Salt Lake City officials about the scooters). It also could require the e-scooters to be parked in designated spots and people who use them must take a photo and upload it to the scooter company's app to confirm they parked it in the right spot. If a scooter is in the wrong area, a company has two hours to move it.

Violators would be subject to a ticket, which carries with it a fine.

A FOX 13 investigation in 2018 found Salt Lake City had received hundreds of complaints about the scooters, mostly about people riding them on sidewalks.

The Salt Lake City Council is scheduled to take public comment on the scooter ordinance at a meeting on Tuesday, with a final vote expected on Dec. 8. Read more about the proposed ordinance here.