The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Kieran Ni­chol­son,

Scoot­ers be­long­ing to two com­pa­nies, avail­able for pub­lic use through mo­bile apps, were seized by Denver of­fi­cials this week off down­town side­walks and im­pounded at city main­te­nance fa­cil­i­ties.

The city “re­moved 264 scoot­ers from the pub­lic right of way” as of Tues­day af­ter­noon, said Nancy Kuhn of Denver Pub­lic Works.

The city gave the scooter com­pa­nies, Lime and Bird, “in­struc­tions” on how to re­trieve the scoot­ers. The city this week has also given the com­pa­nies $150 fines per scooter seized.

“That cost could es­ca­late to $500 and $999 per scooter if we pick up the same scooter mul­ti­ple times,” Kuhn said in a email.

Last week, the com­pa­nies had not com­plied with Denver’s di­rec­tive to re­move the dock­less elec­tric scoot­ers from pub­lic streets and side­walks, four days af­ter the city ad­dressed the is­sue.

Lime and Bird said ear­lier that they were look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the city’s Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works on rules that could le­gal­ize the zippy trans­ports.

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