What does Lime pay to have e-scooters on NZ streets?
A number of councils are charging e-scooter hire companies next to nothing to run trials in their cities. Dunedin and Upper Hutt are not charging the operator Lime anything, and Lower Hutt received just $150 for a trading permit covering for the 11-month trial there. That compares to Auckland Council which is collecting about $13 per scooter annually, Christchurch is getting $86 per scooter and Wellington has a raft of fees including one to fund a public awareness campaign. Lime's director of Government Affairs and Strategy Mitchell Price insists they haven't been let off the hook