New fees weighed for motorized scooter safety

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 23:19:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - As a City Council committee weighs new fees aimed at dockless scooter safety, new surveillance video shows a near miss between a scooter and a car in South Park.
Around 4 in the afternoon Tuesday, Michael Take was arriving home on Dale Street in his Tesla when he slowed for just a moment to press the button for his gate.

"When I initially turned into my driveway, I heard this really loud screeching," said Take.

The screeching can be heard on his Ring video just as a teen - about 13 years old - was riding a motorized scooter on the sidewalk without a helmet, on a collision course with Take's car.

"He was moving at a high rate of speed," said Take.

The video shows the teen trying to stop, before briefly losing control and falling off.  The teen then rides away. 

"If I hadn't paused, it might have been a different story.  He could have been severely injured ... hit the car and tumbled over," said Take.

The rider was under 18, without a helmet, and on the sidewalk - all against the law.  But how to enforce it?

A City Council budget committee Wednesday weighed ideas aimed at public safety.  One idea: new fees for scooter companies.

"I'm concerned if we don't do something, we will end up where we are with Airbnb ... where many years go by and we have done nothing.  The consequence of doing nothing is people will get hurt," said Councilmember Barbara Bry.

Bry says one scooter company suggested a dollar per scooter per day to help pay for things like education and police enforcement.

A draft ordinance on possible fees could reach a council committee for a vote by this fall.