Indianapolis officials on Friday passed new regulations for electric scooter share companies that operate in the city.
Right now, nearly all electric scooters are deployed in the downtown district. The city says its regulations are an attempt to better serve other areas of the city, especially those with residents who have unmet mobility needs.
To do this city officials mapped what they call “access zones” – areas mostly located east and west of downtown. Depending on how many scooters a company has, it will be forced to deploy a certain percentage of its scooters in these areas.
The regulations, passed by the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services, also create some limitations for the relatively new industry. Only six scooter companies will be allowed to operate in the city, and each company will be able to deploy no more than 1,000 scooters at a time.
The city says it expects the regulations to go into effect mid-summer.
They come almost one year after the Indianapolis City-County Council initially approved a proposal of fees and stipulations for scooter share companies.