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Hollywood to Ban ‘Dockless’ Electric Scooters

Hollywood Commissioners are concerned about the possibility that dockless electronic scooters could cause injuries to residents and visitors to the city, citing a rise in accidents in Ft. Lauderdale where the scooters have become popular.

During a recent meeting, the commissioners agreed to ban the electric scooters from city sidewalks and rights of way. The final vote will take place in March.

The Florida Legislature is considering legislation that would prevent cities from regulating electric scooters.

Commissioner Kevin Biederman voted against the ban. He believes it goes too far. He also said it might not be possible to enforce it.

Commissioner Caryl Shuham said, “We want to be proactive about the ban to prevent scooter accidents and make sure local rules are in place.”

Vice Mayor Traci Callari said she wants to make sure that city streets are safe. She expressed concern that tourists might get hurt by the electric scooters and never return to Hollywood. Callari said the scooters could result in injuries for both riders and pedestrians.

 

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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