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Los Angeles may temporarily ban shared electric scooters

August 1, 2018
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FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, riders make their way across a street on Bird electric scooters in the Venice Beach section of Los Angeles. The shared electric scooters could be banned in Los Angeles until regulations are approved and permits are issued. A motion by a Los Angeles Councilman would tell city officials to take all available measures to ban scooters in LA and issue cease-and-desist letters to scooter companies. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shared electric scooters could be banned in the nation’s second-largest city until regulations are approved and permits are issued.

A motion by Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz would tell city officials to take all available measures to ban scooters in LA and issue cease-and-desist letters to scooter companies.

Koretz says in his district he’s seen hundreds of people riding scooters on sidewalks, without helmets and with more than one person aboard. The councilman says he’s concerned about risk of injury and lawsuits against the city.

A spokeswoman for scooter provider Lime tells the Los Angeles Times the company supports regulations that prioritize rider safety “while allowing Lime to continue to serve the community.”

Beverly Hills recently imposed a six-month ban and Santa Monica police have cracked down on flagrant violations.

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