Uber and Lyft's next big thing? Electric scooters you can rent

Galtero Lara
Junio 12, 2018

Electric scooters, gradually making its way into the USA transportation system looks like the next area Uber would be battling with Lyft. The pilot program started June 1 and at least 10 different companies have applied for permits, but only five in all are granted.

Following a sudden popularity and lack of regulations on electric scooters in San Francisco, the city has recently created a program to regulate this new means of transportation and before then facing pressure for operational permit from the ride-sharing giants.

The ride-hailing company wants a piece of the growing scooter craze in San Francisco and has already applied for the city's upcoming scooter-sharing pilot program, according to a report published by Axios. The permit process was instituted after thousands of electric scooters descended on San Francisco in April with little to no warning to city officials.

The SFMTA has reacted to numerous complaints about scooters. For this goal, they too have applied for a permit. "This permit program represents a thoughtful, coordinated and effective approach to ensure that San Francisco strikes the right balance".

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To apply for a scooter permit the cost is $5,000 and winners will have the pay $25,000 per year to the city and contribute another $10,000 to property repairs as well as maintenance endowment. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency hopes to grant permits by the end of the month. However, only five of the applicants will be granted a permit by the city, with a decision expected by the end of the month.

To get the permits, each company has to demonstrate that it will provide user education on safe sidewalk riding and parking, be insured and have a privacy policy to safeguard users' information.

In San Francisco. Uber and Lyft will be competing for permits against electric-scooter providers Bird, Lime and Spin. The companies also need to share trip data with the city and offer a plan for low-income riders. Scooter startup Skip, Bird, Lime and Spin are among the rivals battling for a share in the scooter-sharing service market.

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