Lime is pissed at San Francisco for denying it an e-scooter permit, claims ‘unlawful bias’

Lime is waging a war in opposition to the San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency (SFMTA), claiming that the organization acted with “unlawful bias” and “sought to punish Lime” when it selected no longer to award the e-scooter and dockless bike startup a permit to operate in San Francisco final month.

Lime has sent an allure to the SFMTA, soliciting for an “self sustaining hearing officer” reevaluate its software program to take hang of part within the metropolis’s 12-month pilot program for e-scooter suppliers. The SFMTA, nonetheless, says they are “assured” they picked the exquisite companies in Traipse and Skip.

“After a radical, exquisite and clear evaluation project, we are assured we chosen the strongest applicants to take hang of part within the one-twelve months scooter pilot,” a spokesperson for SFMTA stated in an announcement offered to TechCrunch. “Traipse and Skip demonstrated the very top level of dedication to our metropolis’s values of prioritizing public safety, selling fairness and guaranteeing accountability. Lime’s allure will saunter to an self sustaining hearing officer for additonal consideration.”

San Francisco’s permit project got right here because Lime and its rivals, Chicken and Dart, deploying their scooters without permission within the metropolis this March. As segment of a recent metropolis law, which went into enact in June, scooter startups are no longer in a position to operate in San Francisco without a permit.

Lyft, Skip, Dart, Lime, Traipse, ofo, Razor, CycleHop, USSCooter and Ridecell all utilized for stated permit in June.

Lime thinks the option project used to be unfair and that since it deployed scooters within the metropolis without asking permission — the Uber model of expansion — SFMTA deliberately rejected its software program despite its abilities.

“The SFMTA no longer illustrious the indisputable reality that Traipse’s label is twice that of other applicants, including Lime, and that Traipse declined to provide any discounted money rate possibility to low-profits customers, as required by law,” Lime wrote in an announcement recently. “SFMTA inexplicably averted inclusion of these factors as evaluation standards and as a substitute deemed Traipse “friendly” because they ‘agreed to comply.’”

When Lime realized of its rejection on Aug. 30, CEO Toby Sun stated he used to be upset and planned to allure the choice.

San Franciscans deserve an equitable and clear project in the case of transportation and mobility. As a substitute, the SFMTA has chosen inexperienced scooter operators that thought to be taught on the job, at the expense of the public moral … The SFMTA’s going by means of of the dockless bike and scooter portion programs has lacked transparency from the starting up. We call on the Mayor’s Office and Board of Supervisors to take care of the SFMTA in label for a unsuitable allowing project. As a San Francisco-basically based totally firm, right here’s where we reside and work. We desire to relief this community.”

Even though Lime wasn’t in a position to efficiently sway San Francisco authorities, it used to be given permission to operate in Santa Monica final month alongside Chicken, Lyft and JUMP Bikes.

E-scooters are expected to attain to the streets of San Francisco on Oct. 15.

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