WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — There is now an official ordinance to regulate electric scooter use in West Lafayette. Ordinance 01-19 was drafted last month and amended at last week's pre-council meeting. The ordinance passed unanimously Monday.
The ordinance states scooter companies must apply for a 1-year, $15,000 permit to operate in the city. Companies are also expected to pay $1 per vehicle, per day.
Riders are not allowed to ride on sidewalks or "shared paths" and must be over 16-years-old. The scooters are also expected to be parked in designated areas and can't go faster than 15 mph. The ordinance also says users are encouraged to wear helmets.
The ordinance states there will be a $25 fee for illegally parked scooters. There is also a $100 fee to remove the scooter, and a $10 storage fee per day.
The ordinance was drafted in response to concerns including blocked sidewalks and ADA compliance. As News 18 previously reported, the city asked scooter companies to give them time to get rules in place.
The companies agreed and pulled scooters from the area in December.
Mayor John Dennis said getting to this point is a huge relief.
"Each councilor who serves, my office, the police department, we were inundated with calls and complaints the last time scooter companies came to town and this time we actually have answers we can give and we have rules that we can enforce."
City leaders said they communicate with the scooter companies often. They're already starting to see one company make its way back.
However, they don't have official numbers on how many will return to the area.
The birds are back in town (well soon) and West Lafayette @MayorJohnDennis couldn't be more excited.
The city officially has an ordinance to regulate electric scooter usage.@WLFI
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— Demie Johnson (@DemieJohnsonTV) March 5, 2019