Vinton looks to change town ordinance for creation of dockless mobility operation

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VINTON, Va. (WDBJ) - While the town of Vinton has not partnered with any dockless mobility operations or electronic scooter companies yet, town staff members are not opposed to the idea.

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That's why the principal planner for the city, Nathan McClung, will deliver a presentation at the Town Council meeting Tuesday night on amending an ordinance within the town code.

Under the General Assembly, local governments have until January 1, 2020 to develop their own regulations regarding dockless mobility operations.

So McClung is looking to include permitting policy in the town code. That means if a scooter company decides to go to Vinton, there will be certain procedures the company will have to follow, regarding equipment, where the scooters are placed, insurance and liability.

"We're going to include language in there in addition to the policy in our town code about not operating them on sidewalks and also how to safely operate them within our public roadways," said McClung.

Tuesday night, residents and town council members will learn about the draft of the changes and additions McClung has come up with. December 17, there will be a public hearing and a vote will take place.

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