San Diego’s Mayor, Kevin L. Faulconer, is proposing a new regulatory framework for dockless scooters, in a bid to address safety concerns.
Mayor Faulconer’s proposed policies are focused on motorised scooters, which are the predominant services used across in San Diego. However, the rules are also intended to include other types of dockless devices.
The regulatory framework covers five areas – limiting maximum speed in designated zones, rider education, data-sharing, operating fees, and legal indemnification for the City of San Diego.
Faulconer proposes using geofencing technology to limit speed. Under the plans, operators would be required to slow their devices down to eight miles per hour in designated high-pedestrian traffic zones around the city.
Further, each operator would be required to indemnify the city from liability claims, and would need to hold a liability insurance policy.
San Diego is also proposing to mandate that operators provide the City with detailed monthly reports, including deployed device data; trip information; parking information; reported incidents and actions taken; reported obstructions/hazards and actions taken; and maintenance activities
The plans would require scooter operators to deliver rider education, covering traffic codes and the cost of fines for violating those laws. The scooters would also need to display prominent warnings that riding on sidewalks is prohibited.
Further, operators would need to pay an annual permit fee and an operational fee. Costs associated with each fee are still being determined.
Operators could need to pay an annual permit fee and an operational fee.
Mayor Faulconer said: “The rapid evolution of this industry is evidence of the popularity of dockless mobility devices as great options for folks who would like to leave their car at home.
“As with many disruptive new technologies, there are issues that need to be addressed. First and foremost, public safety is our top priority and that will be reflected in these common-sense regulations.”
The City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods (PS&LN) Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed framework on October 24.
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