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New e-scooter trial begins on Monday

Published: 29 March 2019

Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are beginning a new shared e-scooter trial from Monday, 1 April 2019.

The new trial builds on the current trial that ends on 31 March 2019, with new licence conditions for operators. The trial will be for seven months, until 31 October 2019.

Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison says the new trial will set requirements for improved incident and maintenance reporting by operators, as well as new fees.

"This week we will be receiving the remaining trip data from the two operators that participated in the first e-scooter trial. By 12 April we will have completed analysing that data and we will be able to confirm how many scooters we believe will be the best number for the city centre and other areas of Auckland," he says.

"We're following other cities, such as Portland, Oregon, by holding a second trial with more stringent conditions.

"E-scooters are proving very popular as a new mode and we are already seeing benefits. They give people more choice for shorter journeys and for the first and last leg of their public transport trips.

"The benefits also need to be balanced with the safety of everyone on our footpaths. It has become clear that there is a need for a national regulatory framework for e-scooters, whether they be a shared service or privately owned," he says.

"We are increasing our advocacy efforts with central government for the development of regulations for e-scooters and new forms of micro-mobility.

"In the meantime, AT and Auckland Council believe the licences issued under the Street Trading Bylaw enable us, as much as we can, to regulate shared e-scooter services," says Mr Ellison.

Auckland Council Chief Operating Officer Dean Kimpton says the two current operators will be issued an interim licence until 12 April 2019, when the new trial licence conditions will be finalised.

"The operators will have two days to provide any feedback on the new licence conditions before they are finalised. Once adopted, they will have stringent timelines to meet with the new conditions.

"Other operators are welcome to apply for licences and these will be considered based on the quality and track record of the operator, as well as the number of scooters permitted overall as part of this new trial," he says.

The new e-scooter trial:

  • Runs from 1 April 2019 to 31 October 2019
  • Will include new conditions, to be finalised by 12 April 2019, following final analysis of data provided by the existing e-scooter operators to 31 March 2019
  • Operators will be issued an interim licence until 12 April 2019 when the new conditions are finalised
  • Operators will have the opportunity to give feedback on draft conditions ahead of them being finalised
  • Once confirmed, operators will have seven working days to comply with the new conditions
  • The evaluation of the first trial is underway and will be completed in the coming weeks