TL; DR: Whether the residents love them or hate them, Miami has decided that scooters come to town one way or another. Therefore, instead of banning alternative transport, the city commission will adopt new rules for the management of services.
On November 19, the Miami City Commission voted 4: 1 to cancel Lyft’s electric scooter pilot program, citing safety concerns. At the time, the car rental company had until the end of the working day to remove scooters from the streets of Miami or confiscate their property. Now, less than two weeks later, the members of the commission have changed their minds.
On Monday, the City of Miami Commission voted in favor cancel a ban on electric scooters. In a 3: 1 vote, the panelists agreed to continue with Lyft’s pilot scooter sharing program. However, riders and Lyft (or other companies) will have to comply with the new rules.
Before making a decision, Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla urged other maritime owners to seek information from companies that profit from the scooter sharing service. The evidence was compelling enough to change the mind of the governing body. However, the commission called for new safety rules.
Local 10 (WPLG) notes that the new scooter regulations include speed limits and helmet requirements. He also limited service to two cars per quarter. The Miami Parking Authority will be working on new regulations, and the Commission has put forward the idea of hiring additional police officers to enforce the rules.
Commissioner Diaz de la Portilla believes that alternative transport is inevitable and the city must regulate it to ensure safety.
“Changes are coming, they will happen anyway. Regulate them, ”said Diaz de la Portilla.