The Lime electric scooter has passed the Tauranga test
Tauranga city Council has unanimously approved a year-long trial of Lime Shared electric scooters in the city.
Lime, who has operations in several other New Zealand cities, said the trial could begin by the end of this month.
Tauranga mayor Temby Powell said he was excited about the trial, which would help "Tauranga enter the 21st century."
According to a report by the City Council, Lime can deploy up to 400 scooters citywide, but must get permission from the council to add more.
Riders use an app to find a scooter near them and unlock it.They are charged per minute of use and, when finished, are usually left where the trip ends.
Other electric scooter companies will not be allowed to operate in the city during the trial.There will be rules about when and where the scooter can be operated and how fast it can go.
Geo-fencing technology can detect when a Lime electric scooter enters an area with additional restrictions and limit its speed to slow it to a halt and take other actions.
The scooters, which are designed to have a top speed of around 25km/h, will be banned from the Mauao Trail in the Council Park and Reserve, cemeteries and all unsealed roads, but can be used within the city limits.
Lime is hiring a "juicer" to collect and charge scooters, and the conference heard that it's expected to start advertising apps soon.
The council does not charge the company by scooter, but by the Lime 15C per ride, which is unique in New Zealand.The company will also pay a $2,500 license fee.
Lime will provide the Board with data on how scooters are used and will use surveys and feedback forms to collect public feedback on the trial.
Rules for electric scooters
Transport New Zealand Waka Kotahi defines the electric scooter design as a "low power vehicle".If they meet the criteria for this definition, no registration or licensing is required.Rules for using electric scooters include:
You can ride on the pavement or as close as you can to the edge of the road.
Do not ride on designated bike paths.
Helmets are recommended but not legally mandatory.
Scooters must be reserved for pedestrians only.
They must travel at a speed that will not put other pedestrian users at risk.
Electric scooters must be operated in a prudent manner on the pavement.