Maryland tourist town imposes new scooter rental rules

Publish Date: 
Apr 2, 2012

Scooter rental businesses in Ocean City, Md., have until summer 2013 to meet new regulations the city has approved, and any new scooter rental business will have to meet them to open.

City officials alarmed at the increase in scooter accidents in general, and scooter or moped rental accidents in particular, over the last few years asked staff earlier this year to come up with some regulations.

Passage of the regulations ends a 90-day moratorium on the issuance of new or renewed business licenses for scooter rentals, put in place Jan. 31. In the meantime, city officials held public hearings and came up with the new rules.

Among the changes awaiting final approval, according to the Maryland Coast Dispatch:

  • Scooter rental businesses will have to get conditional use permits to operate, and will only be allowed in Local Commercial, Shopping Center, Bayside Mixed Use, the two Boardwalk Commercial, Downtown Mixed Use and Manufacturing districts.

  • Business licenses won’t be renewed for scooter renters who don’t comply with the rest of the new rules by May 31, 2013.

  • A recommendation that rental businesses provide minimal instruction to renters before they leave the shop; that means businesses will have to provide 20-by-50-foot paved training areas on or within walking distance of the premises.
  • Other conditions include a prohibition on driving, operating or displaying vehicles and training, or fueling on public property; an indoor vehicle storage requirement; a size limit of 50cc on rental vehicles; proof of business insurance of at least $1 million; and limits on who may rent the vehicles.

    Posted by Holly Wagner

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