WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City to support a variety of viable transpot1ation options including Shareable Dockless Mobility Devices as alternatives to driving; and
WHEREAS, Ordinance Number 18-0-1322 was adopted by the Atlanta City Council on January 7th, 2019 which amended Chapter 150 of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances to create a new Article X, entitled Shareable Dockless Mobility Devices; and
WHEREAS, 18-0-1322 established regulations related to shareable dockless mobility devices, which included a requirement that Dockless Mobility Device System Operators secure a permit issued by the City for the operation of Dockless Mobility Device Systems in the City of Atlanta; and
WHEREAS, Ordinance Number 19-0-1429 was adopted by the Atlanta City Council on August 19th, 2019 which amended Chapter 150 of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances to repeal the Department of City Planning's Authority to issue new Shareable Dockless Mobility Device permits; and
WHEREAS, permits for 8,000 Shareable Dockless Mobility Devices across four companies expire in February 2020; and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City to continue to regulate Shareable Dockless Mobility Devices and issue an updated Shareable Dockless Mobility Device permit to a limited number of companies in 2020; and
WHEREAS, the City desires to maintain Shareable Dockless Mobility Device access for residents and wishes to maintain the status quo regarding the number of companies and devices deployed while the approach to SDMDs is reconsidered and until a revised permit process is in place.
NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, HEREBY ORDAINS:
SECTION 1: That Chapter 150 Article X of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances, entitled "Shareable Dockless Mobility Devices", shall be amended so that it shall read as follows (with permanent deletions in strikethrough font and permanent additions in bold underlined font):
ARTICLE X.- SHAREABLE DOCKLESS MOBILITY DEVICES Sec. 150-401.- Permit requirements. (a) No shareable dockless mobility device system operator may allow its dockless mobility devices to be parked on the city's right of way, or on city property, including, but not limited to on any sidewalks, in any loading zone, driveway, vehicle travel lane, bike lane, shared-use paths, or within city parks.
(b) Upon conviction of a violation of this section in the Atlanta Municipal Court, a shareable dockless mobility device system operator shall be subject to a $1,000.00 civil monetary fine. Each device found parked in violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
(c) Any shareable dockless mobility device system operator holding a shareable dockless mobility device permit issued prior to August 19, 2019 may continue to operate in accordance with the terms of its issuance and in accordance with Chapter 150, Article X, through the expiration date of the permit; and the prohibition set forth in this Section shall not apply to any such permit holders through the expiration date of the annual permit.
(d) In addition to the requirements in subsection (c), any shareable dockless mobility device system operator holding a shareable dockless mobility device permit issued prior to August 19, 2019 is eligible to extend its permit on a month by month basis in accordance with the Administrative Regulations.
(e ) Under no circumstance shall any operators be exempt from the prohibition set forth in subsection (a) of this Section in accordance with subsection (c) and (d) of this Section subsequent to August 19, 2020.
SECTION 2: That all ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby waived to the extent of the conflict only.
SECTION 3: That the Municipal Clerk is instructed to deliver this ordinance to the Mayor for approval posthaste immediately upon adoption by the Atlanta City Council.
SECTION 4: That the amendments in this ordinance shall become effective immediately upon approval.
SECTION 5: That the Municipal Clerk is instructed to retain all legislative history references in the codified version of Chapter 150, including Editor's notes, and shall not delete any such references, but shall amend them to include reference to this ordinance.