Riding Scooters on Campus? Be Aware of New Rules, Potential Fees

Dear UT Community,

With the 2018 influx of scooters in Austin, a large number found their way to The University of Texas along with an increase in related injuries and confusion about usage rules and expectations. In light of these concerns, executive leadership asked a campus workgroup to provide recommendations on policy and enforcement measures. As a result, the following recommendations are being implemented with the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors in mind.

Effective immediately

  • The university will begin impounding scooters improperly parked along Speedway and other campus malls, as well as those blocking sidewalks, impeding pedestrian accessibility, or strewn in courtyards, doorways and stairwells. The charge to companies is $150 per impound. As a result, scooter companies may pass these fees along to responsible riders.

Coming during Spring 2019 semester

  • Requiring that all scooters will be governed to operate at no more than 8 miles per hour on campus
  • Parking zones will be marked specifically for scooters in 10 areas across campus (as a pilot project; additional scooter parking zones may be determined at a later date)
  • Parking and Transportation Services and UTPD will begin developing additional ticketing procedures for scooter safety enforcement
  • Prohibiting faculty and staff from work-related use of commercial scooters

Information about these items will be shared as it becomes available.

Campus rules and guidelines for scooter operation are available online. These recommendations were developed in coordination with PTS, UTPD, Office of Campus Safety, University Health Services, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Legal Affairs, Financial and Administrative Services, and campus governance groups.

We will continue to promote and encourage these safety guidelines to ensure our campus has clear paths of travel that are easily accessible and safe for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. If we may be of further assistance, please email us your concern at UTScooterimpound@austin.utexas.edu or visit our website at http://parking.utexas.edu

Jan. 23, 2019