Island leaders temporarily prohibit dock less scooter rentals

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Island leaders temporarily prohibit dock less scooter rentals. (Source CBS 4)

With Spring Break just around the corner dock less  rental scooters will temporarily be banned throughout the streets of South Padre Island.

City leaders continue to mull over an ordinance to temporarily prohibit the rental and leasing of dock less scooters on the Island.

This practical form of transportation was an item up for discussion during  a recent city council meeting. 

The ordinance may be taking effect next week.

“This will give us the opportunity to weigh all motor assistance scooters here on the Island,” said Joe Ricco, South Padre Island council member said during the meeting. “Being launched here will allow us to learn from cities like San Antonio, who just finished their six month pilot program. “

According to the city, the temporary regulation will last 180 days.

During that period the regulation will get the city through Spring Break, Summer and monitor, SB 549, pending legislation that may require riders to be at least 16 years or older and have a valid drivers license to use a scooter.

“It’s just a family tradition that we enjoy doing so hopefully that ban doesn’t happen,” said Jacklyn Linan who is visiting the Island.

Her reaction is just one of many visitors on the Island have when it comes to scooters.

“It can be a bit risky and dangerous with those scooters. It can cause accidents mainly because we all know everyone is drinking and having fun,” said Imelda Cuevas, who was visiting the Island.

During the meeting, the city leaders said they want to see the scooters be put to good use on the Island, but they want be prepared.

“There’s kids that ride them around in Kansas City and stuff we live right outside of that so I wouldn’t see it being a problem here,” said Melissa Atteberry, who’s visiting from Kansas.

She said she hopes these scooters are allowed on the Island.

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