Plans to limit the number of scooter companies in Nashville may be illegal

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Plans to limit the number of scooter companies in Nashville have run into legal issues. 

A proposed Metro ordinance would limit the number of scooter companies that can operate in Nashville to four. 

The ordinance has already cleared one hurdle; it passed on first reading at last week’s Metro Council meeting. 

There are already three electric scooter companies in Nashville: Lime, Bird, and Lyft. According to a Metro Legal report Jump, an Uber-affiliated, and Spin are close to launching in Nashville. An application from a sixth company, Gotcha, is expected.

Metro Legal said limiting the number of companies may create a monopoly, which is against state law.

Councilman Jeremy Elrod sponsored the change. In a statement, he said “We’ll do some additional research and possibly make some changes. Pumping the brakes a little on the number of scooters while still trying to make them work is the best path forward.”

The ordinance will be up for discussion on Jan. 3.

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