Lime scooters ‘temporarily cease’ operations on Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 2.00 PM | Controversial e-scooter operator Lime has just announced that they’ve “temporarily ceased” the rollout of their electric scooters on the Gold Coast.

It comes after council officers seized 22 of the company’s scooters after they were launched in the city on Friday without a permit.

In a statement a short time ago, Lime’s Director of Government Affairs Mitchell Price said they will continue to work with City of Gold Coast to “ensure that Gold Coast residents have access to first and last mile transport options.”


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“Lime is committed to working with City of Gold Coast Council on smart mobility options for the community,” the statement says.

“In consultation with Council we have decided to temporarily cease operations and request the council ensure the same standard for other operators who have deployed in similar fashions.”

“Council has made it explicitly clear that all operators must comply with their request or be subject to impoundment.”

Council’s Director of Transport and Infrastructure Alton Twine issued Lime with a ‘Non-Compliance Notice’ following their launch on the glitter strip on Friday, saying they were in breach of local laws relating to the use of public spaces.

EARLIER @ December 29, 10.40 AM | Gold Coast City Council officers have already seized 23 electric scooters from public spaces on the Gold Coast after they were launched in the city without a permit.

City of Gold Coast told myGC that as of 9.00am today, 22 Lime scooters and one I-RIDE scooter have been confiscated.

It comes after council issued a ‘Non-Compliance Notice’ to Lime on Friday, saying they were in breach of local laws relating to the use of public spaces.

“This morning Lime scooters have put some scooters out on the streets, which is actually in breach of one of our laws, so we’ll be serving them with a notice of complaints ,” Council’s Director of Transport and Infrastructure Alton Twine said in a statement yesterday.

He said the e-scooter company has no authority to operate on the coast and has ordered them to remove the scooters from local streets.

“What we don’t accept in the city is operators just turning up and essentially plonking their products down on city streets and footpaths.”

However, Lime says they will continue to roll out their scooters despite council threats.

“We will pay any fines that council decides it wants to issue us and we’ll put the scooters back on the streets,” Lime’s director of government affairs Mitchell Price said.

FIRST @ December 28, 2.20 PM | ELECTRIC scooter company Lime has been ordered to remove their scooters from the streets of the Gold Coast just hours after launching in the city.

Council confirmed on Friday that they have issued a ‘Non-Compliance Notice’ to the new e-scooter operator because they’re allegedly in breach of local laws relating to the use of public spaces.

Council’s Director of Transport and Infrastructure Alton Twine told myGC that Lime has just two hours to remove the scooters from the streets or they’ll be confiscated.

“This morning Lime scooters have put some scooters out on the streets, which is actually in breach of one of our laws, so we’ll be serving them with a notice of complaints today,” he said.

“We will be giving them two hours to remove their scooters before we do.”

Before receiving the non-compliance notice, Lime said in a release on Friday morning that they were excited to be bringing their electric scooter services to the Glitter Strip after launching a trial in Brisbane.

“We are a seasoned operator, with scooters and bikes in over 130 different markets it is important we address the unique issues that exist in each community,” Lime’s Director of Government Affairs, Mitchell Price said.

“We have been working closely with local businesses around the City and so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

However, Mr Twine said Lime have not yet received permission to launch their operation on the Gold Coast.

“They have to actually get permission from council, similar to what we’ve done with the mobike operation,” he said.

“What we don’t accept in the city is operators just turning up and essentially plonking their products down on city streets and footpaths.”

He said Council was currently in the process of undertaking a study on the electric scooters.

“We need, first of all, to consider public safety because essentially it’s a new form of transport,” Mr Twine said.

“We will need to review what’s happened in other cities and bring a report back to council.”

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What about the mobikes