INDIANAPOLIS – After three weeks of "aggressive enforcement" on people who violate the rules on parking electric scooters, the City of Indianapolis has issued just 30 tickets.
Riders are supposed to follow strict parking rules, set under a city ordinance, when they’re finished using them. But many are dropping the Bird or Lime scooters off in the middle of the sidewalk and leaving little room for people to walk by, let alone enough room for someone in a wheelchair or using a walker.
The City of Indianapolis’s Department of Business and Neighborhood Services told Call 6 Investigates’ Paris Lewbel that they were going to start “aggressive enforcement” of illegally parked scooters on Oct. 3.
But now, three weeks later, Call 6 is uncovering that only 30 tickets have been written for illegally parked scooters.
So what gives?
"We're always looking to do more,” said Dimitri Kyser of Indianapolis’ Department Business and Neighborhood Services. "We're always looking to improve, so whether that's improving how the reporting is going or how we are writing our citations, or how we're doing our inspections."
According to the city's ordinance, scooters cannot be parked in loading zones, bus stops, shelters or on ramps leading to sidewalks. They also can't block entrances or exits to homes or businesses, and they have to be parked upright.
If the scooter is on a sidewalk, you must leave at least four feet of passable sidewalk space for pedestrian use.
Police are responsible for issuing tickets for riding the scooters on the sidewalks instead of the road. IMPD has not released the numbers for those tickets.