Atlanta considers banning scooters

In the aftermath of the city’s third electric scooter fatality, the Atlanta City Council on Monday introduced legislation that affirmed a prohibition on additional permits to the companies deploying the devices.

The proposal appears to be a stop gap measure and is unlikely to have any immediate effect on the number of scooters on city streets.

It comes as electric scooters have grown in popularity across the world, and cities struggle with regulating them. They have caught on as a easy method of travel in dense urban areas clogged with traffic.

Most often people ride them for distances deemed to short to drive but too far to walk.

The devices were first dropped off in Atlanta in May, 2018, and almost immediately pitted scooter riders and pedestrians against each other. The problems only worsened as the number of permitted companies grew the next year.

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