Electric scooter suppliers JUMP, Lime, Scoot and Spin have just been granted permission to operate their respective services in San Francisco from October 15, 2019 *. This is part of the city's long-term electric scooter permit program.
Each provider of scooters will initially be able to distribute 1,000 scooters, with the potential to distribute up to 2,500. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says this should double the number of service areas covered.
As part of the program, SFMTA requires all scooters to be locked in, and each company stated that they will use W-2 workers, both full-time and part-time, for operation.
"We look forward to meeting the commitments we feel are critical to building a strong partnership, including hiring locally, investing in the community, and ensuring that our transportation services are justly distributed in the city," Spin wrote in a blog post.
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Skip, previously granted the rights to operate shared scooters in San Francisco, was not granted a permit this time.
“As stated in the permit application, the Evaluation Scoresheet, and the Policy Directive, applicants were required to get an average score of 2 or greater for each of the eight sections of the application, or would be disqualified from further evaluation, "SFMTA wrote in its rejection letter to Skip." Employee e thoroughly reviewed all 11 applications received, including Skip Transport, Inc. Skip Transport, Inc.'s permit application is rejected because it received an average score below the required threshold of 2 in Section A of the application, and was therefore disqualified from further evaluation. "
In a statement to TechCrunch, Skip said," We respect SFMTA's process and feedback. We look forward to addressing areas of improvement with SFMTA per their assessment process and timeline. We are proud to have contributed to the first scooter sharing pilot in San Francisco became a success and to see the program expand in the coming year. "
Specifically, Lyft was also denied permission to use shared electric scooters, while Lyft scored pretty well overall, SFMTA said it determined four was the right number operators.
* An earlier version of this story said 2020. My bad.