San Francisco’s Scooter Invasion Halted

June 6, 2018 12:01 am Last Updated: June 6, 2018 12:01 am

San Francisco’s scooter craze is being temporarily halted this week due to new regulation by the SFMTA requiring scooter permits. The new regulation affects both companies that have been renting out the scooters and individuals who own scooters.

Unlike bikes, scooters are dockless, which can be convenient, but also means they can build up. Owners and companies will be charged $100 per day for leaving a scooter out. Reporters say this is an “example of regulation coming after innovation has happened.”

SFMTA will begin reviewing permit applications on June 7. The law went into effect on June 4, so scooters will have to make themselves scarce for several days until permits start to be issued.