Indianapolis approves rules for dockless electric scooters

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  — The Indianapolis City-County Council has approved permitting rules and other regulations for dockless electric scooters that have appeared in the city.

The council on Monday night approved a plan to charge companies an up-front fee of $15,000, plus $1 per day per scooter, to operate in Indianapolis. The city also would fine riders $25 for parking them in prohibited areas such as sidewalk ramps.

Bird Rides Inc., which operated an estimated 500 scooters before removing them last week, would pay about $197,500 annually if it returns with the same number of scooters. LimeBike, which had about 300 scooters in Indianapolis, would pay about $124,500 if it brings back the same number. Both companies charge users $1 per ride, plus 15 cents per minute.