No new electric scooter permits could be issued in the city of Atlanta if one city council member has her way.

At the council’s meeting Aug. 5 at City Hall downtown, District 1 Councilwoman Carla Smith introduced legislation on behalf of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration to repeal the department of city planning’s authority to issue permits for the scooters, also known as shareable dockless mobility devices.

The legislation allows system operators holding a permit issued prior to Aug. 19 to continue to operate through the expiration of the permit. The legislation was referred to the council’s transportation committee, which will meet Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room No. 1 at City Hall. The council could vote on the measure at its Aug. 19 meeting.

The proposal comes after Bottoms July 24 issued an executive order outlawing the issuance of additional permits for the scooters. The order, which lasted through Aug. 5, will not affect companies that have existing permits in Atlanta.

Her order came a little over a week after the second incident in which an individual died while riding a scooter in the city.

William Alexander, 37, died following a collision in Midtown with a CobbLinc bus while riding a scooter after an Atlanta United game July 17, and Eric Amis Jr. 20, died May 17 while riding a scooter home from the West Lake MARTA station. A third scooter rider, Amber Ford, 34, died Aug. 1 from injuries sustained in a July 27 car crash in Midtown.


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