NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A proposed Metro Nashville ordinance would start regulating shuttle and tour services that use low-speed vehicles (LSV).
The ordinance is up for its second reading Jan. 6, meaning those businesses that use the low-speed vehicles could soon face a series of regulations, much like other local livery services.
LSV are four-wheeled electric or gasoline-powered vehicles, excluding golf carts, with a top speed greater than 20 miles per hour, per the proposed Metro ordinance.
Joyride Nashville is a shuttle and tour service that uses LSVs.
“People have adopted it pretty well,” co-owner Grant Rosenblatt said. “It is like your friendly neighborhood transportation service.”
Rosenblatt told News 2 his business partner came up with the idea to offer the service using LSVs after he saw a need during CMA Fest.
In just a year’s time, the business has grown so much they have nearly doubled their fleet of LSVs.
“People don’t like to walk,” Rosenblatt said. “Whenever they can get a short ride, they will take it.”
He said he supports adding regulations to the LSVs transportation industry. In fact, Metro Nashville asked for his input.
Among the proposed requirements would be: background checks for drivers, yearly vehicle inspections, annual renewal of licensure, insurance with at least $25,000 bodily injury coverage per person, $50,000 per accident and $15,000 for property damage, and permits for drivers.
Many of the requirements are things Rosenblatt already does as part of policy.
“We have all of our drivers get an F endorsement, which is a for hire license,” he said. “The main reason why we support it is safety. We want everyone who rides on our vehicles to be safe.”
He continued, “That was our number one priority from day one.”
Joyride is looking to expand around Nashville and start building a local cliental in the Gulch, 12 South, Eight Avenue corridor and Germantown.
And nationally, the company is looking to open up shop in California.
The Metro Nashville Transportation Licensing Commission, which regulates taxi and livery services, would oversee the regulation of LSVs.