San Francisco is taking a stand against the electric scooter startups that have invaded the city
San Francisco has begun its crackdown on electric scooters that have descended on the city in recent weeks.
Each of the three scooter-on-demand companies operating in the city — Spin, LimeBike, and Bird —were hit with cease and desist letters on Monday.
In the letters, the city claims the scooters routinely break the law and are a “public nuisance.”
San Francisco’s City Attorney slapped the three high-profile electric scooter companies with cease and desist orders on Monday, calling them “unlawful,” “a public nuisance,” and dangers to public heath and safety.
These startups let people reserve a local scooter from a smartphone app, ride for a small fee, and, at the end of the journey, leave the scooter wherever to be claimed by the next rider. Unlike existing bike-sharing programs, there’s no dock, so the scooters can be left anywhere.
The legal notices, obtained by Business Insider, accuse each of the companies — Bird, LimeBike, and Spin — of skirting local laws by allowing riders to ride on sidewalks, leave scooters blocking sidewalks, ride without a helmet, and ride with more than one person per scooter.
“Lime’s current business practices create a public nuisance and are unlawful,” one letter reads. “Lime must immediately cease and desist these from practices that allows its customers to create a public safety hazard on the City’s public streets and sidewalks, and take effective action to abate its unlawful nuisance conduct.”
Attached to the cease and desist letters sent to each of the companies were pictures of riders violating the laws and rules of the road in question.
To be clear, the city isn’t banning scooters in general, or these companies in particular.
According to the letter, the companies have until April 30 to provide a written report detailing how they will address the “unlawful” scooters. Until then, the letter reads, …read more
Source:: Business Insider