City committee blocks unchecked use of e-scooters

A Toronto committee is proposing to postpone any plans for wide-open electric scooter use at least until the provincial government comes forward with a regulations to govern them.

Motions adopted by the Infrastructure and Environment Committee Monday would, if adopted by city council, make it clear that bylaw enforcement officers will confiscate e-scooters parked on public property, including sidewalks and bike stands.

Toronto Councillor James Pasternak predicted these rules would block companies that provide a dockless scooter-sharing system, outside of small ventures like a test project underway on private property in the Distillery District.