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Scooters up for discussion again on Lafayette City-Parish agenda

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jun 17, 2019

Efforts to bring back electric scooters in Lafayette may be put on hold.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council will discuss implementing a second temporary ban on Tuesday.

In January, Bird and Lime agreed to stop operations in the city until state lawmakers could regulate where they could be used. That bill has passed, allowing scooters to be operated on roads which have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less. It also requires all operators aged 17 years or less to wear a helmet while operating the scooters.

Mayor-President Joel Robideaux’s office wants to ban scooter use until the council sets its own regulations.

An ordinance up for final adoption on Tuesday would prohibit the rental, use, and operation of electric low speed scooters within the city and Parish of Lafayette. That would remain in affect until the Lafayette City-Parish Council could create rules and regulations for their safe operation.