New Braunfels Police issue temporary ban on motorized commercial scooters

(File photo: CBS Austin)

The city of New Braunfels is putting the brakes on electric scooters.

On Wednesday, Assistant Chief of Police Joe Vargas signed a temporary order prohibiting the commercial use of electric motorized scooters on public streets, sidewalks, and rights-of-way inside the incorporated city limits.

The city says the order was made "in the immediate interest of public safety so that the use of commercialized motorized scooters can be addressed through the proper channels of city government."

The ban will be in place for 90 days, during which time the New Braunfels Traffic Advisory Board and City Council will decide what, if any, action they'll take in allowing commercial electric scooters in the city.

Under the temporary order, officers with the New Braunfels Police Department will be able to cite those using motorized scooters if they were acquired through a commercial business (shared mobility service) and if they are being used on public streets or sidewalks.

Each citation is the equivalent of a Class C Misdemeanor with a fine not to exceed $500.

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