3/10/03 - As the first week of
spring break comes to the City of Key West, moped and scooter businesses
can expect a visit by the city's code enforcement officers.
"The city's ordinances - Article VII, sections 18-351 through 18-386
- requires code enforcement to inspect these businesses," said
Charles Stephenson, building director. "We time the inspections for
this time of year because we all know how spring breakers love the
Stephenson said officers would be bringing friendly reminders to business
owners on what the city ordinances requires of moped and scooter rental
companies and will check to see that every shop is in full compliance.
The ordinances requires businesses that rent scooters and mopeds to
provide instruction and training to each customer and instruct the
customer not to drive on the sidewalk, not to pass on the right and to
observe regulations pertaining to the proper use of horns.
The businesses are also responsible to evaluate renter's ability to
understand the instructions and can refuse to rent to anyone not qualified
after testing on the company's property.
Signs must also be posted clearly that warn of the potential dangers of
scooter and moped rentals in the city and each business must give the
customer a written notice that includes the customer's signature
acknowledging instructions, notice of dangers and name and address of
person to be contacted incase of accident.
Each business must also offer customers a helmet certified for head injury
"We remind businesses of these ordinances, and enforce them when
necessary, because of our concern for the safety of the riders,"
Stephenson said. "We expect a lot of students this season and we want
them to enjoy themselves and be safe on our streets."
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