If you haven’t been thinking about electric scooters lately, well, Metro officials have been. Nashville has narrowed down its finalists for the scooter companies that will be permitted in the city.
Dockless electric scooters haven’t been drawing much attention lately. But Nashville’s Metro Council has decided it’s time to overhaul how they’re regulated.
Nashville officials are saying that emergency rules put in place for electric scooters have largely been successful, and they’re moving with less urgency to take more of the dockless devices off the streets.
Listen / Dockless electric scooters will remain in Nashville, but with fewer allowed and tighter rules in effect for the next few months.
Listen / A row of electric scooters neatly lines the edge of a coffee shop parking lot in East Nashville as two young men walk past and eye the scene. A Bird employee eagerly offers them a free tutorial.
Listen / Tennessee will have more than 70 new laws this year. They go into effect on Monday, and range from banning handheld devices while driving, to allowing one type of gambling.
Tennessee will have more than 70 new laws this year. They go into effect on Monday, and range from banning handheld devices while driving, to allowing one type of gambling.
After some last-minute tweaks, Nashville’s Metro Council has revised the rules for dockless scooters.
Nashville came to the brink of passing revised dockless electric scooter regulations on Tuesday night, but last-minute concerns mean changes could take another three rounds of votes by the Metro Council.
Nashville will soon have 1,000 additional electric scooters on its streets as a two more companies — Spin and ridesharing giant Uber — join the trend. In all, the city could have 3,500 of the shared, dockless devices in use.