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UT may start charging for scooters parked improperly

UT may start charging for scooters parked improperly


NOT THEY HAVE THE DISEASE. BDLP 2-SYDNEY:THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS GOTTEN ITS FAIR SHARE OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT HOW ELECTRIC SCOOTERS ARE PARKED AROUND TOWN.2-ROBERT:NOW.. YOU COULD BE SLAPPED WITH BIG FEES FOR DROPPING THEM WHERE YOU SHOULDN’T.2-SYDNEY:KXAN’S JACQULYN POWELL FOUND OUT UT OFFICIALS MAY START IMPOUNDING THE SCOOTERS IF RIDERS DON’T FOLLOW THE RULES.JACQULYN: WITH CLASS BACK IN SESSION… JOHN ACABADO, UT STUDENT: “EVERY TIME I STEP OUTSIDE THERE’S SOMEONE ON A BIRD SCOOTER OR A LIME BIKE SCOOTER.” 54JACQULYN: THESE SCOOTERS — ARE ONCE AGAIN FLOODING UT’S CAMPUS.MAKAYLEE CARTER, UT STUDENT: “IT’S LIKE A REALLY COOL WAY TO GET AROUND. SO CONVENIENT.” JACQULYN: BUT WHEN STUDENTS HOP OFF…. STEPHANIE GUCK, UT STUDENT: “I’VE SEEN THEM PARKED IN THE CRAZIEST PLACES.” JACQULYN: UT PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION SAYS TOO MANY ARE BEING LEFT IN THE WAY. AND BECAUSE SCOOTERS — FALL UNDER THE SAME SET OF RULES AS BIKES…ANY TIME ONE IS PARKED SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN NEAR A BIKE RACK….PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION CAN ENFORCE A 150-DOLLAR IMPOUND FEE.THAT’S CHARGED TO THE COMPANY — WHICH CAN IN-TURN…CHARGE THE RIDER.GUCK: “THAT’S NOT MONEY YOU WANT TO BE UM THROWING AWAY. THAT’S LIKE A WHOLE TEXTBOOK RIGHT THERE.” JACQULYN: THE UNIVERSITY’S WARNING STUDENTS FIRST…IN HOPES IT DOESN’T GO THAT FAR. STAFF MEMBERS ARE EVEN MOVING SCOOTERS CLOSER TO BIKE RACKS FOR THE TIME BEING — TO SHOW STUDENTS WHERE THEY SHOULD BE PARKED.JACQULYN STANDUP: IF UT PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION GETS TO THE POINT OF IMPOUNDING SCOOTERS– IT’LL BE THOSE THAT ARE TRULY BLOCKING AREAS WHERE PEOPLE WOULD WALK. A FINE COULD COME OF PARKING ON THE SIDEWALK…ON A HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RAMP…OR IN FRONT OF A BUILDING ENTRANCE.JACQULYN: BIRD AND LIMEBIKE ARE WORKING WITH UT…SENDING OUT WARNING EMAILS AND NOTIFICATIONS TO EVERYONE USING THEIR APPS ON CAMPUS. CARTER: “I THINK AS LONG AS YOU’RE JUST BEING COURTEOUS OF THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, WE SHOULDN’T HAVE THOSE KIND OF PROBLEMS”JACQULYN: KXAN NEWSSYDNEY: U-T POLICE ARE TREATING PEOPLE WHO USE SCOOTERS AS CYCLISTS… MEANING THEY CAN TICKET PEOPLE WHO BREAK TRAFFIC LAWS.RIGHT NOW — OFFICERS ARE HANDING OUT WARNINGS..BUT — IF THEY NOTICE REPEAT OFFENDERS — OR SOMEONE DOING SOMETHING ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS — THEY’LL TICKET RIDERS. SYDNEY: WE’RE NOT THE ONLY CITY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CO-EXIST WITH DOCKLESS SCOOTERS.THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A PILOT PROGRAM THIS WEEK THAT REQUIRES COMPANIES TO LIMIT SCOOTERS TO THREE-THOUSAND PER COMPANY.IT MEANS SOME COMPANIES WILL HAVE TO PULL THOUSANDS OF SCOOTERS OFF THE ROAD FOR A YEAR.COMPANIES WILL ALSO HAVE TO SET A 15-MILE PER HOUR SPEED LIMIT, AND

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