After publishing its first white paper examining regulations of dockless e-scooters, a Washington e-commerce group representing the likes of Google, Lyft Inc. and Airbnb Inc. said it expects to lean more into micromobility issues in 2020.
NetChoice, which also includes e-scooter company Lime among its members, will release its guidelines Tuesday on how city officials should approach e-scooters, including proposals related to scooter curfews, speed limits and geofencing. The proposal makes NetChoice one of the few Washington tech groups focusing on a space typically saturated by transportation advocacy groups and city officials.
Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at NetChoice, said in an interview that over the past few years, the trade association’s micromobility advocacy has consisted of meetings with city and state officials, appearances at local city council meetings and newspaper op-eds, with those efforts expected to increase in 2020.
While a spokesperson said the group is still sizing up which markets and lawmakers to specifically target, NetChoice is more likely to be attracted to cities with restrictive policies, such as limits on scooter speed, riding locations or permitting for providers. As an example, the spokesperson cited a curfew in Cleveland, where residents can’t rent a device after 7 p.m.