Town may prohibit motorized scooters

The Town of Mineral is considering prohibiting scooter-for-hire businesses from operating within the town.

The town council voted at its Nov. 12 meeting to hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the town code that would “prohibit power assisted bicycles, motorized skateboards or scooters for hire” from operating in town. 

Companies that rent out motorized scooters and similar vehicles have been popping up throughout Virginia, particularly in cities like Charlottesville and Richmond. An amendment to the state code approved in March allows for localities to place regulations on such businesses or to prohibit them altogether, provided action is taken by Jan. 1, 2020.

“If we don’t do this and then something comes up, it’s too late,” Councilman Doswell “Tex” Pierce said. “Stranger things have happened.”

Councilman Dr. William Thomas made the motion and Vice-Mayor Michael Warlick seconded. The motion passed 5-0-1, with councilman Ed Jarvis abstaining from the vote.

“I’m a pro-business person,” Jarvis said. “It seems silly to me, getting into this.”

 The public hearing will be held prior to the start of the council’s regular business meeting on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.