California Assembly wants electric scooter regulation |

California Assembly wants electric scooter regulation

Associated Press
Amotorized scooter parked in front of an office building in San Francisco. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, requiring helmets only for people under age 18 while riding motorized scooters. It's a win for companies such as Bird and Lime that operate the popular scooters in major cities across California and the country.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Assembly has approved new rules for electric bikes and scooters.

Businesses like Bird and Spin have deployed scooters to cities across California and the country in recent years. Often local governments have not set up permits or regulations for the devices.

The city of South Lake Tahoe, where Lime just started its third season of operations, took a similar approach until earlier this year when it reached an agreement allowing the company to bring its electric scooters to the city this summer.

A bill passed by the Assembly on Monday would require electric bike and scooter companies to get permits from cities. It would also require them to agree to rules for parking, maintenance and safety.

Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, the bill’s author, says while electric bikes are a fun and eco-friendly mode of transportation. But he says they can be hazardous if they are parked or ridden improperly on sidewalks.

The Assembly passed the bill 47-12.

It now goes to the state Senate.

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