Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, ch. 346
, and s. 59.84 (2) (j)
, the governing body of any municipality or county may not restrict the operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices or personal delivery devices on any roadway or sidewalk under its jurisdiction.
History: 2001 a. 90
; 2017 a. 13
Authority to regulate electric scooters.
The governing body of any municipality or county may, by ordinance, regulate the rental and operation of electric scooters in a manner consistent with the regulation of bicycles in the municipality or county, except that the governing body of any municipality or county may do any of following:
Restrict or prohibit the operation of electric scooters on any roadway under its jurisdiction having a speed limit of more than 25 miles per hour.
Restrict or prohibit the operation of electric scooters on any sidewalk or bicycle way under its jurisdiction.
Establish requirements for and limitations on the parking of electric scooters on roadways, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, or bicycle ways under its jurisdiction.
Restrict or prohibit the short-term commercial rental of electric scooters to the general public.
History: 2019 a. 11
Authority to license taxicab operators and taxicabs. 349.24(1)(1)
The council of any city and every village or town board may:
Regulate and license chauffeurs and operators of taxicabs used for hire;
Regulate and license the taxicab business by licensing each taxicab used for hire;
Prohibit any person from operating any motor vehicle for taxicab purposes upon the highways of the city, village or town unless the person is licensed as a chauffeur and operator and unless the taxicab business is licensed by the licensing of each taxicab;
Revoke any license mentioned in this section when in its judgment the public safety so requires.
Any person licensed by any city, village or town as a chauffeur and operator shall not be required to procure either a chauffeur's and operator's license or a taxicab license in any other municipality for the purpose of carrying taxicab passengers for hire from one municipality to another, but this exception does not permit the chauffeur or operator to operate a taxicab wholly within the limits of any municipality in which the chauffeur or operator is not licensed.
Any person licensed under this section is required to comply with the licensing requirements of ch. 343
History: 1989 a. 105
; 1993 a. 246
The restrictions in sub.(2) that prevent municipalities from requiring licenses from taxis and drivers with licenses from other municipalities do not pertain to the permits required under a Milwaukee County ordinance governing airport taxis as neither the county nor the airport is a municipality in the relevant sense. County of Milwaukee v. Williams, 2007 WI 69
, 301 Wis. 2d 134
, 732 N.W.2d 770
Authority to license hayrack and sleigh rides. 349.25(1)(1)
In counties containing a city of the first or second class, the owner of a vehicle to be operated upon a highway for the purpose of transporting persons for hire in what is commonly known as a hayrack ride, a sleigh, boxsled or bobsled ride or a ride of similar nature and every person who is to operate such a vehicle shall obtain a license from the county board before so operating such a vehicle. Any person operating any such vehicle under the circumstances described without first obtaining a license from the county board may be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than 30 days or both.
No county board may issue a license for any of the vehicles mentioned in sub. (1)
unless the applicant does not have an arrest or conviction record, subject to ss. 111.321
, and until the applicant exhibits proof that liability insurance will be in force for the protection of passengers in the minimum amount of $10,000 for any one passenger and $50,000 for any single accident. Section 632.24
is applicable to the insurance required under this section, whether the vehicle is a motor vehicle or is propelled in some other manner. The county board shall set the amount for each license issued, not to exceed an amount reasonably related to the actual and necessary cost of providing the license.
The county board may, after notice and hearing accorded the licensee, revoke any license issued by it pursuant to this section whenever in its judgment the public safety so requires.
No vehicle licensed pursuant to this section shall be operated upon a highway for the purpose of transporting persons for hire unless it is equipped with at least one red reflector at each of the 2 rear corners of the vehicle and with at least one blue reflector at each of the 2 front corners of the vehicle and at the front end of the pole or tongue. All such reflectors shall be of a type approved by the department.
The county board in any county not containing a city of the first or second class may by ordinance require owners and operators of vehicles to be used for the purposes specified in sub. (1)
to be licensed. The actual issuance of the license may be delegated to the county clerk.
Authority to allow or prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles. 349.26(1m)(1m)
The governing body of any municipality or county may by ordinance prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles on any highway that is under the jurisdiction, for maintenance purposes, of the municipality or county. A county ordinance enacted under this subsection does not apply within any municipality that has enacted or enacts an ordinance under sub. (2)
The governing body of any municipality may by ordinance allow the use of a low-speed vehicle on a roadway that has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less and that is located within the territorial boundaries of the municipality, regardless of whether the municipality has jurisdiction over the roadway.
See also ch. Trans 145
, Wis. adm. code.