Council votes to temporarily ban electric scooters in Columbia

Scooter banned in Columbia for one year

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Electric scooters are now banned in the city of Columbia for one year.

In a decision reached Tuesday, city council leaders said shared mobility vehicles, like scooters, can create a more diverse, accessible transportation option. But, leaders said they also pose significant public safety challenges and hazards.

Under the temporary ban, electric scooters cannot be ridden or placed on public property. Violations can mean a fine ranging from $250 to $500.

When the ban was first introduced, an electric scooter company in Columbia, called Zapp RideShare, said it would be forced to leave if the ban was put in place. We have reached out to the company for comment

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