Rules for Dockless Scooters Remain in Limbo

Emergency guidelines remain in effect


Bird scooters, safe for now (Photo by Jana Birchum)

This Thursday is Aug. 2, which means that two emergency rules for dockless mobility operators (scooters) pertaining to lock-to requirements and API (application programming interface) data reporting were supposed to go into effect yesterday, but didn't. On Tuesday, Transportation Department Director Robert Spillar issued a memo to the mayor and City Council saying that his office and the law department jointly recommend "delaying/not enforcing" the two provisions until "further understanding can be gained" of the challenges they may pose to the industry. The rest of the emergency rules remain in effect, however; Spillar hopes to present a set of proposed rules to city boards and commissions in early August, with a final draft being posted in early September, thus beginning a 31-day comment period. If all goes according to plan, Spillar will have that final set of rules in place by late October, though ATD will need to account for appeals after that.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More scooters
The Scooters Are Not for Crimes
The Scooters Are Not for Crimes
Scooter and cellphone data lead to Austin teen's arrest for bank robbery

Mike Clark-Madison, Feb. 1, 2019

New Data and Rules for Dockless Scooters
New Data and Rules for Dockless Scooters
Open data on 2 million dockless trips, plus new rules for riding on trails

Nina Hernandez, Jan. 18, 2019

More by Chase Hoffberger
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Local journo Alex Hannaford’s Dead Man Talking podcast investigates the case against a man on death row

Nov. 16, 2018

EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
Association to cast ballot between incumbent Tony Marquardt or challenger Selena Xie

Nov. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

scooters, Robert Spillar

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle