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A Closer Look at DDOT Dockless Permit Fees

During the Wednesday, November 7 D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council (BAC) meeting, the group discussed the proposed District Department of Transportation (DDOT) rules regarding dockless bike sharing right-of-way permitting and related DDOT fees for potential operators.

According to the D.C. Register, the proposed rule-making would amend Title 24 of the D.C. transportation regulations to establish a public right-of-way occupancy permit program to manage the dockless vehicle operating companies and establish permit fees for dockless vehicle operating companies who operate in the public right-of-way. You should look at the proposed rule and submit comments - your opinion is as good as anyone elses.

So what are the impacts of DDOT's permit fees? Can dockless operators afford them?

Who knows.

Most dockless companies appear to accept public rights-of-way fees as the price of doing business. Others are concerned that high fees and limits on the number of bikes in public space will cut into p…

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