San Francisco gets tough on scooters
The city of San Francisco has slapped a limit on the number of motorised scooter outfits able to operate on its streets. The two-wheelers only landed in the California metro a few weeks ago but their arrival quickly led to citizens complaining about blocked footpaths and speedy riders.
Some 2,000 scooters were deployed in the city by Bird, LimeBike and Spin at end-March. The vehicles cost $1 plus $0.15 per minute to hire.
Now city officials have launched one-year trial allowing a maximum of five scooter firms to operate in the city at any one time, with the total number of vehicles capped at an aggregate 1,250 for the first six months and 2,500 over the rest of the period.
Licensees have to pay a $5,000 application fee along with an annual $25,000. They must also pay $10,000 into a fund to cover possible violations.