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Public Comment Period Opens on New Permit Process for Dockless Vehicles

Friday, October 26, 2018
Proposed Regulations Published in DC Register Triggers 30-Day Period for Feedback

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Public Comment Period Opens on New Permit Process for Dockless Vehicles

Proposed Regulations Published in DC Register Triggers 30-Day Period for Feedback

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser's Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced its proposed regulatory framework for the Dockless Vehicle program. The new regulations will guide the process for how permits for dockless vehicles will be issued in 2019 and allow DDOT to begin charging fees to companies that operate in the District.

“These proposed regulations are an important first step in our long-term plan to manage the future of the dockless program,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian, “This permitting process gets us closer to achieving Mayor Bowser’s sustainable transportation goals by requiring dockless operators to prioritize safety, equitable access, and good stewardship of public space.”

The rulemaking also sets forth specific requirements for dockless companies operating in public space to:

  • Equip all vehicles with unique identifiers
  • Require a locking mechanism for bikes
  • Share data with DDOT
  • Make a minimum number of vehicles available in all eight wards

The dockless vehicle pilot program was launched in September 2017. Five companies currently operate dockless vehicles in the District through the pilot program. Since the pilot began, users have taken more than 940,000 trips on dockless bikes and scooters.

Residents should submit written feedback on the proposed rulemaking to [email protected] during the 30-day public comment period that begins today, Friday October 26, 2018 and concludes November 26, 2018.

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