Another e-scooter company expected

Wave scooters could be in Dunedin soon. Photo: Supplied
Wave scooters could be in Dunedin soon. Photo: Supplied
A new wave of electric scooters may soon roll into Dunedin.

Wave scooters are set to join Lime on Auckland streets this morning, and the founder of the Australian start-up is confident its black scooters will be on Dunedin streets within two months.

Founder and managing director Albert Hoeft said his Brisbane-registered company planned to introduce the scooters in all ''main metropolitan areas'' in the country.

Mr Hoeft said he had not yet visited Dunedin, nor spoken with the Dunedin City Council, but had a link to the city through his cousin, former All Blacks and Highlanders prop Carl Hoeft.

He could not specify a timeframe for his Dunedin launch but suggested a date inside two months was realistic.

Mr Hoeft said it would cost $1 upfront then 30c a minute to ride a Wave, on a par with Lime's pricing.

Auckland Transport chief executive Shane Ellison said Wave would be trialling speed limited areas.

''Wave will be restricting its scooters to 15kmh on Queen St, and in the Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Basin areas.

''This is a good opportunity for us to test slower speeds in areas with lots of people walking.''

Its scooters have a top speed of 25kmh (Lime is 27kmh on the flat).

The limit will be enforced with GPS technology that will cap speeds in the restricted areas.

Wave recently secured a permit from Auckland Council to operate 1000 scooters (the same number as Lime) in Auckland city central and outer suburbs, and initially put 500 scooters on the city's streets.

Dunedin City Council community services general manager Simon Pickford confirmed the company had not contacted the council about launching its e-scooters in Dunedin.

When Wave did approach the council, it would have to assess whether an agreement, like it had with Lime, was needed, Mr Pickford said.

A report on how e-scooters could be regulated, including a bylaw, will be presented to councillors at a meeting later this month.

- Additional reporting by NZME

Addtionally reported by Tim Miller


Good, s Lime has so far failed to inspire confidence. But the questions that remain to be answered are:

1. Do the operators of the scooters have public liability insurance in place to cover uninsured loss by third parties?

2. Who has priority on pavements if the scooters are being used there?

3. What responsibilities do riders have for their own and others safety?

So far Lime and DCC have remained silent when it comes to answers but maybe Wave will front up. How about it Mr. Hoeft?

Fair comment, just my thoughts- all such scooters rules and regulations should be taken out of the hands of councils and placed with the overarching umbrella of NZTA to set such rules and regs. That way if such scooter companies want to operate anywhere in NZ they must meet xyz. It would remain up to councils if they wanted them on their streets. If Councils then wanted any new rules or regulations they would have to then submit them to NZTA for tabling. But agree Lime and DCC have remained silent this is normal for such companies as they think people will go away. Where is this MOU Bidrose created Cull has been sweeping stuff under the carpet for years.

Public money- empty buses. Private money more scooters - does not make sense.

hopefully Wave's scooters will not be made by the manufacturers of Lime scooters, thereby eliminating common faults.


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