Uber Wants To Enter Scooter Business In San Francisco

Uber and Lyft scooters are coming soon to San Francisco streets

It's all part of a permitting application process the city is running after it was inundated with electric scooters earlier this year.

Lyft and Uber represent just two of the 12 firms that have applied for permits to operate motorised scooters in San Francisco.

San Francisco temporarily stopped all use of the scooters in sharing programs at it attempts to restore order in the streets and sidewalks, as the most recent transportation trend has exploded with enormous popularity.

San Francisco has temporarily halted use of the motorized scooters in sharing programs in an attempt to restore order on sidewalks and streets, as the latest transportation trend exploded in popularity.

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 city will restrict the number of scooters to 1,250 for the first half of the year, and if things go well, that number could double up to 2,500.

The SFMTA has reacted to numerous complaints about scooters.

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Uber is applying for a scooter permit in San Francisco, the news website Axios first reported Thursday.

This forced San Francisco to ban the personalized transportation machines until it got its arms around regulations.

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

Operators that win the new scooter permits will need to provide user education, be insured, share trip data with the city, have a privacy policy and offer a plan for low-income users. The company applied for a permit to enter San Francisco's scooter business.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Scoot rents out motorized scooters that look like mopeds.

For both Lyft and Uber it's unclear if the applications mean they'll be building out their own fleet of e-scooters that unlock via a credit card-linked mobile app, or partnering or acquiring an established scooter-share company.

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