Many US cities have clamped down on travel disruptors like Airbnb and Uber, and the latest to face calls for regulation are the electric scooter start-ups, with laws proposed in several cities to cap the number of scooters a single company can operate and to educate and police customers about safety.

These app-controlled, GPS-tracked electric scooters are picked up and dropped off as users wish, but it is felt that too many riders are using pavements instead of using roads or bike lanes to get about and scooters are being dumped randomly, causing cities hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs to clear them out of the way.

Most US cities are now insisting on permits for scooters, limits on numbers, sharing of data and fines for riders found on pavements.Read more:

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