At their 28 February meeting, Christchurch City Councillors voted in favour of staff recommendations to:
- issue a 12 month permit for Lime Technology (Lime’s initial trial permit was due to expire on the day of this meeting)
- increase the cap on Lime e-scooters from 700 to 1,000
- charge an annual rental fee of $86.25 per e-scooter – reflecting the public space occupied
Councillors also approved a citywide cap of 1,600 e-scooters, and delegated to staff the authority to amend the citywide cap, and also the cap that may be applied to an individual permit.
Papanui Councillor Mike Davidson proposed a lower cap for Lime of half the citywide cap. He argued that competition could be stifled by allowing first-mover Lime too much market share, but this amendment was not carried. Continue reading “Limewatch: A vote of confidence by Christchurch City Council”