News outlets reported Columbia City Council voted Tuesday to prohibit the use of electric scooters to protect the public.
The ordinance prevents two-wheeled, electric scooters from being ridden or placed on public property. It also allows the city to impound any scooter left unattended on a public street, sidewalk or right of way.
Violates could be fined $500.
Electric scooters have gotten mixed reviews elsewhere. Supporters say scooters are affordable, environmentally friendly and are a fun form of transportation.
Critics say the scooters are a nuisance and a public safety concern.
A company that has three-wheel scooters at the University of South Carolina recently started offering two-wheeled scooters.
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