Electrical Scooters Are Out And Micromobility Autos Are In
Electrical scooters usually are not the large situation they had been a few years in the past when flocks of them first appeared on the streets, however they’ve a brand new title.
The Greensboro Metropolis Council on the Tuesday, Oct. 6 assembly plans to redefine electrical scooters and electrical bikes as “micromobility automobiles.” The outdated definition of an “electrical standup scooter” outlined it as having two wheels, whereas the brand new definition permits it to have not more than three wheels and a high pace of not more than 20 miles per hour.
The brand new definition comes with an entire bunch of rules. However the one that can probably trigger a number of concern for micromobility automobile riders is the impoundment clause.
The impoundment clause offers “any regulation enforcement officer or parking enforcement worker” of town the best to impound any micromobility automobile or bicycle that’s being operated or parked in violation of the regulation.
If the parking enforcement workers implement this regulation with the identical vigor as they implement parking rules, then a number of of us are going to depart their micromobility automobile outdoors a enterprise whereas they run in for a minute and once they return, they are going to uncover it has been impounded.
Precisely how that impoundment will happen just isn’t specified.
The ordinance additionally doesn’t specify the “administrative payment” that shall be charged for the impoundment and storage so as to get the micromobility automobile again.
The ordinance does set up that it’s unlawful to trip a micromobility automobile or bicycle on the sidewalk within the Central Enterprise District and the micromobility automobile or bicycle may be impounded for that violation.
The ordinance additionally establishes that designated bike lanes can be utilized by micromobility automobiles and it’s unlawful for any individual to park or drive any automobile in a delegated bike lane aside from micromobility automobiles and bicycles.