TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Administrators at Arizona State University are telling students to park their electric scooters off campus, or they’ll be impounded.
Though the scooters have been banned on campus for a while, the university announced the crackdown Friday.
In an email, the officials at ASU said, “Starting today electric scooters found on campus will be impounded by ASU Parking and Transit Services staff. The scooter companies have been notified that ASU will issue a Code 40 Impound Fee for each scooter found on the Tempe campus. Because the university understands that the scooters are a convenient form of transportation for students, designated parking zones have been established on the outer boundaries of the campus. Scooters can be ridden to the edge of campus and then parked in a designated area.”
A lot of students use the scooters regularly.
“I don’t have a car, so it's my main way of getting from point 'A' to point 'B',” Leah Klatt said.
“They ride down the sidewalk at 10 miles an hour, I think. I’ve almost been hit twice,” said shuttle driver Brad Hansen.
The impound fees will be assessed against the scooter companies – Razor, Bird, and Lime.
“I think we’ve become more accustomed to them, and so banning them, or like punishing the companies for giving them to us, I think would be wrong,” Klatt said.
Though there are dozens of the new scooter parking areas, it will probably take a while for them to catch on. Our crew only found one scooter parked in a designated spot after driving by about 10 different lots.
Hansen likes the plan to impound.
“It’s probably a good idea because they just leave ‘em wherever. They leave ‘em on the sidewalk, they get in your way,” he said.
Now, frequent riders want their fellow scooter users to play it smart.
“I don’t want to lose the good thing that we have going on, so that’s what I would say. Let’s just abide by the rules and submit to authority ahead of us,” Klatt said.
“I think that’s, like, a big concern for everybody here at the campus because they’re very useful to us,” rider Annai Lopez said. “I think a lot of people struggle with putting them where they’re supposed to go.”
The impound fees the scooter companies will have to pay will go up with each abandoned scooter, up to $250.
As far as we know ASU Parking and Transit Services hasn’t impounded any scooters yet, but expect them to start grabbing them up soon.