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Phoenix to vote on electric scooters in downtown

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By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Phoenix City Council will vote next week on a proposed downtown pilot program for electric scooters.

Electric scooters are commonplace in Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe and other cities but Phoenix has existing restrictions on the transportation mode that date back to the 1990s.

The Phoenix City Council is being asked to try out e-scooters  the downtown area via a six-month pilot program.

Under the pilot program vendors would pay a $5,000 permit fee for the six-month program along with a $500 application fee. The city would also impose a 10-cent per ride fee on each scooter transaction. Vendors would be allowed 300 scooters.

Riders would have to be 18 years old or older and have to have a valid driver’s license. Scooters will be prohibited on sidewalks, according to the city proposal.

The council will consider the scooters program at its June 26 meeting.

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