Lime scooters suspended in Auckland and Dunedin

 

Dean Kimpton, Auckland Council Chief Operating Officer said that he met with Auckland Transport (AT) and Lime representatives to discuss the issues, and had decided on a temporary ban.

“We have been clear with Lime representatives that the equipment used on our transport network must be safe for use.

“The safety of people using e-scooters and those that share the environment with them is our number one priority.”

The suspension will last until Monday, when Lime will have another opportunity to present information to AT and the Auckland Council regarding equipment safety.

Mr Kimpton said there had been 92 reported “irregular braking incidents” in Auckland, which resulted in 19 separate injury claims.

If the suspension is then lifted, AT and Auckland Council say Lime will have to adhere to a new list of operating regulations.

These include Lime providing incident reports every 48 hours and meeting weekly with relevant staff to discuss Lime’s response to any incidents.

Auckland Council will also be appointing an independent reviewer to overlook Lime’s safety management and processes.

Mr Kimpton said Lime agreed to the conditions and once the council is provided with the necessary information, “we will make a further decision on whether Lime’s license suspension will be lifted.”

 

The decision was confirmed by Dunedin City Council community services general manager Simon Pickford late this afternoon, following a meeting with Lime’s Dunedin representatives earlier today.

Mr Pickford said Lime’s Dunedin representatives had volunteered to follow Auckland’s example and remove the scooters from Dunedin streets.

The scooters would not be able to return to Dunedin streets until issues in Auckland were resolved to the satisfaction of Auckland Council.

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14 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  22nd February 2019

    The people who’ve been hit by them won’t be sorry, Nor will the ones who’ve been badly injured when the brakes locked and they were flung off, like the bloke on 3 news the other night..

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  2. phantom snowflake

     /  22nd February 2019

    I regularly share space with Lime scooters in a part of the Orcland city fringe that I frequent, and I’ve never found them to be a problem.

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  3. Corky

     /  22nd February 2019

    The Warehouse was selling electric scooters during 2007. Took awhile for them to catch on. Of course the LS are larger and I would assume more sturdy and fast. The Warehouse ones pulled 18km/h max.

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    • Gezza

       /  22nd February 2019

      Don’t look very sturdy.

      The hundreds of dorks claiming ACC for injuries while riding them don’t seem very sturdy either.

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      • Corky

         /  23rd February 2019

        Hard to tell..if that was an accident scene, or one that just came apart while being ridden?

        The Warehouse model had their battery underneath the running board behind the first wheel.

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        • Gezza

           /  23rd February 2019

          Hard to know without further information at this stage, I agree. It must be hard for Hospitals to establish whether those injured riding them have suffered brain damage when there’s obviously something already wrong in their brain when they hire them & ride them. 😕

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      • Duker

         /  23rd February 2019

        Everytime you go to your GP when having an injury and caused by accident, your GP will claim directly to ACC for part of your fee. You could step on a wine glass in the kitchen and have a deep cut, that’s ACC as well. Doesn’t matter if you fall off your ladder or a lime scoter if you get medical treatment, it’s a claim on ACC. Mostly you are unaware of this unless you need further treatment such as X Ray or physio , ultrasound and so on and will need ACC claim number. If you are off work for longer than a week that do will mean a direct ACC claim

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  4. Gezza

     /  23rd February 2019

    Lime pleads to public to help bring back ‘transport revolution’
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12206602

    Dork fleecing company ramps up appeals to other dorks to allow it to fleece more dorks.

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