Guidance for Regulation of Dockless Micromobility

December 14, 2018

International Municipal Lawyers Association

L ocal governments across the country are experiencing the increased integration of new technology platforms into their transportation systems. One area where this growth is moving at a fast pace is the deployment of dockless micromobility, such as bikes, including electric assist, and electric scooters. While dockless micromobility offers great opportunities to reduce congestion and help local governments meet goals around reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, these new technologies are challenging to regulate since they often do not fit neatly into existing ordinances and laws. They can also pose safety and privacy risks to users and thus it is important that local governments carefully consider if and how to regulate them. 

The International Municipal Lawyers Association created this guidance to provide general risk mitigation considerations for the integration of dockless micromobility. The document addresses 
  • Approaches to Regulation
  • Definitions and Terms
  • Use of Right-of-Way and Parking Restrictions
  • Permit or Licensing Requirements
  • Consumer Protection and Data Privacy
  • Data Sharing
  • Ancillary Programs
  • Insurance and Liability, and
  • Additional Contractual Considerations.
Technology in this area is changing rapidly and practitioners should bear that in mind as they review this guidance. Please note that this guidance is not intended to be legal advice, and practitioners should always verify that existing laws and statutes in their jurisdiction do not require additional considerations.

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