Leav­ing Lime scooter on track ‘dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal’

Otago Daily Times - - FRONT PAGE - ELENA MCPHEE [email protected]

THE PER­SON who put a Lime scooter on rail tracks in Dunedin was putting peo­ple in dan­ger, Ki­wirail says.

Im­ages on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day showed a scooter sliced in two af­ter be­ing left on the rail­way line near Ab­bots­ford.

Ki­wiRail South Is­land gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions Jea­nine Ben­son said the scooter was hit by a shunt train on Sun­day.

There was no dam­age to ei­ther the lo­co­mo­tive or the track, and ser­vices were not de­layed; how­ever it was both ‘‘dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal to place ob­jects on rail­way tracks’’, Ms Ben­son said.

‘‘Trains can­not stop quickly or swerve to avoid peo­ple or ob­jects on the track.

‘‘As well as putting them­selves at risk, peo­ple who place ob­jects on the rail cor­ri­dor also en­dan­ger our peo­ple and the pub­lic.’’

A po­lice spokes­woman said there was no record of a com­ plaint be­ing made — how­ever, de­pend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion, po­lice could in­ves­ti­gate.

‘‘A per­son could be found to have com­mit­ted an act of ‘en­dan­ger­ing pub­lic safety’ or sim­i­lar.’’

Lime scoot­ers have been found in sev­eral other pre­car­i­ous po­si­tions since they were in­tro­duced on Thurs­day.

One was pho­tographed in the Wa­ter of Leith out­side the Forsyth Barr Sta­dium and an­other on the North­ern Mo­tor­way late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

One was found par­tially sub­merged in Lind­say Creek, off North Rd, on Sun­day and an­other was videoed be­ing rid­den on the Bal­clutha bridge, and was later seen parked in the main street of the town, about 80km south of Dunedin.

The scoot­ers have a range of 48km on one charge.

A Lime spokes­woman said yes­ter­day the com­pany had ‘‘been in con­tact with Ki­wiRail . . . and our op­er­a­tions team retrieved the scooter on Sun­day’’.

‘‘While we are dis­ap­pointed to hear of this in­ci­dent, we want to high­light the ma­jor­ity of Dunedin rid­ers re­spect our prod­ucts be­cause they love the ser­vice.’’

Two change.org pe­ti­tions have been started, one to ban Lime scoot­ers from Dunedin, and an­other to keep them. The ban pe­ti­tion had 73 sup­port­ers last night and other 284.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

A Lime scooter sliced in two by a train.

PHOTO: JO­HANNES STRY­DOM

A Lime scooter in the Wa­ter of Leith, near Forsyth Barr Sta­dium.

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