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Lime e-scooter trial

Lime NZ has approached Tauranga City Council about trialling e-scooter rentals in Tauranga. 

We are negotiating a potential six-month trial with Lime NZ. 

What’s being negotiated?

E-scooters give people another travel option so we want to support a trial while also being proactive about managing risks. The conditions we’re presenting to Lime aim to put some controls around things like:

  • operating speeds
  • parked scooters blocking the footpath
  • late night use in the downtown areas.

Why Lime NZ?

The council has had early interest from other e-scooter providers but Lime is the only company to have made a formal proposition to the council. 

How long will the trial run for?

We’re proposing an initial six-month trial that may be extended to 12 months, with the possibility of adding a second provider in the second six-month period. 

When will the trial start?

Possibly May 2020. The first thing we need to do is work with Lime NZ on a proposal. Once negotiations are complete the proposal will come back to the full council for final approval in April 2020. 

Why has it taken this long to get e-scooters in Tauranga?

Tauranga City Council has benefitted by waiting, watching and learning from how e-scooter trials have gone in other centres. We think we’re in a better position now to set conditions that will work for Tauranga.

What are the proposed conditions?

These are some of the conditions that the council wants included as part of the trial.

Hours of operation

  • 5:00AM to 11:00PM, Monday – Sunday. 
  • Earlier curfew of 9:00PM on Friday and Saturday in downtown Mount Maunganui and Tauranga city centre.  


  • E-scooters top speed will be reduced to 15 km/h when entering the Mount, City and Greerton business/tourist districts. 

Areas of operation

  • Operators will decide their own operational areas based on demand.

Restricted Zones

  • All cemeteries (from the nearest footpath or road boundaries).
  • Mauao access trails (restricted at Adams Ave / Marine Parade).
  • All unsealed pathways in council parks and reserves.

If a user enters a restricted zone their scooter will slowly come to a stop and the user will continue to be charged until it is parked in an authorised area.

Start / end of trip restricted zones

These are areas where users can travel through but not end their trip. Scooters are also restricted from being deployed or repositioned by the Operator/s.

  • All parks and reserves (must be parked outside of park boundaries)
  • All bridges and overpasses.

Full details item 8.4 in the council meeting agenda.

Last Reviewed: 19/03/2020


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