Elec­tric scooter com­pany Lime tack­les safety con­cerns at sum­mit

Sunday News - - FRONT PAGE - MANDY TE

HEL­MET pick-up points could be placed around Auck­land un­der plans to im­prove the safety of elec­tric scoot­ers.

E-scooter firm Lime hosted a safe-scoot­ing sum­mit for riders at Eden Park yes­ter­day, where or­gan­is­ers gave away 200 hel­mets to riders.

New Zealand Trans­port Agency does not re­quire users to wear hel­mets but safety con­cerns were raised af­ter a raft of ACC claims.

In Oc­to­ber, the com­pany launched 600 scoot­ers in Auck­land and 400 in Christchurch. They have been rid­den more than 500,000 times.

Lime launcher Hank Rowe said the safety sum­mit had al­ways been part of the com­pany’s plans.

There were more sum­mits planned for the fu­ture where riders could get hel­mets and po­ten­tial plans in the pipe­line for hel­met pick-up points, he said.

Last month, Auck­land mayor Phil Goff made a sub­mis­sion to Trans­port Min­is­ter Phil Twyford, out­lin­ing sug­gested safety changes, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the speed limit to 10kmh on foot­paths and the use of hel­mets.

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