Electric scooters could soon return to Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS -- The electric scooters, once seen all over Indianapolis, could be making a comeback. 

Lime and Bird dropped their scooters in Indianapolis last month as the City-County Council discussed a regulation that would require license and operating fees. 

Bird put in the paperwork to get licensed last week. Lime has also submitted a request for 1,800 scooters across Indianapolis. 

The City-County Council's proposal created a license fee of up to $15,000 per year for scooter companies, plus a $1 per day, per scooter operating fee. The money raised will be used to improve the transportation infrastructure. 

The proposal also creates rules for riders including where they can and cannot ride and park scooters and a $25 fine for any violations. Riders cannot use the scooters in the public right-of-way, including on sidewalks. The scooters also can't be parked in loading zones, bus stops, shelters or on ramps leading to sidewalks.

It is unknown when the scooters could officially make their return to Indianapolis. 

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