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New scooter regulations take effect in San Diego

Posted at 11:11 PM, Jun 30, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - People who ride scooters in San Diego will have to follow new rules as of Monday, July 1.

Many business owners in Mission Beach told 10News they are looking forward to Monday's new regulations.

Sol Lee of Mizu Sushi in Mission Beach said her family business is surrounded by scooters. Lee said, at times, riders leave the scooters scattered throughout their parking lot, even in handicap spaces.

In May, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to implement new regulations for the dockless devices as a way to increase public safety while also allowing the companies to stay in San Diego.

The regulations include:

-- speed limit drop from 15 mph to 8 mph on the Boardwalk or 3 mph in other high-traffic areas
-- creation of designated scooter corrals so the vehicles do not congest sidewalks
-- require scooter companies to pay a permit fee of a little more than $5,000 every six months, as well as a $150 per device fee

The rules also ban uses from parking scooters near schools, hospitals, or near Petco Park.

The city says law enforcement officers will be enforcing the regulations.