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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Issuance of Additional Scooter Permits

Mayor Bottoms cites urgency of public safety concerns and demands a more thorough dialogue

Post Date:07/25/2019 10:44 AM

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Issuance of Additional Scooter Permits

Mayor Bottoms cites urgency of public safety concerns and demands a more thorough dialogue

ATLANTA—Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order prohibiting the issuance of additional permits for shareable dockless mobility devices. Mayor Bottoms’ executive action will not affect companies with existing permits, however the Mayor will introduce legislation at the August 5 Atlanta City Council meeting to address the long-term impacts these devices levy against the City’s infrastructure and public safety, and the compounded strain placed on the City’s public safety officials and first responders.

Upon issuing the executive order, Mayor Bottoms issued the following statement.

“Across the nation, municipalities are dealing with the sudden and unforeseen impact these devices have had on our communities. While some municipalities have banned the devices altogether, the City of Atlanta acted in good faith to work with the private sector to explore innovative solutions to ease existing commuting strains. However, as Atlanta has seen two scooter related deaths, this complex issue requires a more thorough and robust dialogue,” said Mayor Bottoms. 

As of today, July 25, 2019, the Commissioner of the Department of City Planning and his designees are authorized, ordered and directed to refuse to accept for review or consideration any application requesting a shareable dockless mobility device permit. The order will remain in effect through the August 5, 2019 meeting of the Atlanta City Council, at which time it is anticipated that the Council will introduce an ordinance repealing the authorization of the Commissioner of the Department of City Planning or his designee(s) to accept shareable dockless mobility device permit applications and to issue shareable dockless mobility device permits.

Department of City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane will have limited media availability today. To book Commissioner Keane, email atlmedia@atlantaga.gov or call / text 470-372-8752.

You can view the executive order here.

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