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Uber and Lyft looking to start offering electric scooter services

12 June 2018

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the Jump acquisition will help Uber go beyond "just being about auto sharing and vehicle hailing to really helping the consumer get from A to B in the most affordable, most dependable, most convenient way". The ride-hailing company recently applied for a permit to join the city's pilot program in an attempt to cash in on the e-scooter craze. The number of scooters is also limited to 1,250 in the first six months.

If Uber gets its way, it would be double-dipping in the bike-share market - in April it ponied up nearly $200 million for Brooklyn-based Jump, which operates about 425 dockless electric bikes in San Francisco and Washington, DC, and which will be participating in a pilot program in New York City's outer boroughs this summer. The permit process was instituted after thousands of electric scooters descended on San Francisco in April with little to no warning to city officials.

Scooters have become a divisive topic in the Bay Area.

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But the scooter situation in San Francisco is about to change. If the companies don't follow that rule, they could forfeit their chance for a permit. According to Axios, Lime and Spin have said they will comply with the rules set down by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and Bird would work with the SFMTA to obtain a permit. The number of permits could double in the program's remaining six months.

Preference will be given to companies that can ensure their customers properly ride and park the scooters on streets and sidewalks.

A few weeks ago, the city announced new regulations for electric scooters.

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Uber has declined to comment on the report from Axios so we'll just have to wait and see how this one pans out. Scooter startup Skip, Bird, Lime and Spin are among the rivals battling for a share in the scooter-sharing service market.

According to a new city law that came into effect on Monday, June 4, any company that would like to offer on-demand dockless scooters for transport in San Francisco is required to apply for a permit.

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Uber and Lyft looking to start offering electric scooter services