Pub­lic less fit as we fund Lime profit

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints -

It's very dif­fi­cult to grasp how Lime scoot­ers can be given the green light to be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture on Auckland streets. They have paid $3326 to the Auckland Coun­cil for a li­cence, reaped a profit and caused a tax­payer debt due to the num­ber of claims from accidents from ACC. So es­sen­tially, the pub­lic is fund­ing Lime's profit.

How is that a good thing? See­ing many young chil­dren, of­ten in pairs, no hel­mets, zip­ping along foot­paths un­su­per­vised points to a gross lack of re­spon­si­bil­ity from Lime not to men­tion par­ents who see the scoot­ers as a fun dis­trac­tion but es­sen­tially are a mo­torised lethal weapon. With so many peo­ple opt­ing to scoot in­stead of walk, isn't this ad­ding to a gen­eral de­cline in health and well­ness as walk­ing is known to have so many health ben­e­fits. Does this not con­tra­dict the decades of re­train­ing peo­ple to get off the couch and out walk­ing?

These scoot­ers are run on bat­ter­ies. To pro­duce the lithium needed is not an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly process.


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