NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The clock is ticking on the deadline for scooters in Nashville.
Two weeks have passed since a fatal scooter accident that prompted an ultimatum from Mayor David Briley.
“I think that's safety concerns are justified,” Lime Operations Manager Lilli Krauss said.
The electric scooter company announced a plan to launch new safety features for riders Tuesday.
“Safety is our major investment, so we understand the mayor's concerns,” Krauss said.
In a letter to Nashville’s seven scooter companies, Briley gave a 30-day notice for a safety solution, before they’re banned. Lime is the first scooter company to make its case to the city.
Four new safety features include an in-app ID scan to ensure the rider is at least 18, an in-app sobriety verification, increased foot patrols dedicated to corralling scooters and scooter education classes.
The sobriety verification includes a notification reminding riders it is illegal to scoot under the influence, and a typing test; a rider must be able to correctly type “yes” in response to the app’s question “Are you safe to ride?”
“We hope that'll curve some drunk scooting behavior,” Krauss said.