CLEARWATER, Fla. — Don’t expect to see electric-scooter companies operating in Clearwater any time soon.

The Clearwater City Council plans to discuss a proposal that would prohibit the use or hire of motorized scooters for 180 days.

It comes after House Bill 453 passed the Florida House and Senate. The bill says e-scooters can be operated on sidewalks. It also says e-scooters should be treated like bikes and bicyclists.

HB 453 is awaiting Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approval.

Clearwater city councilmembers want to have more time to see how HB 453 could impact the area.

Tampa’s e-scooter pilot program launched in May. St. Petersburg is also considering a dockless motorized scooter program.

In other cities across the U.S., people can rent the electric scooters for $1, plus the 10-15 cents per minute to use. The start-up companies rely on people who roam the streets looking to charge the scooters at night for $5-$20 per scooter.

The Clearwater City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday.

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