Bird is suing Beverly Hills, California after the city banned its scooters.
The company said in the suit that it’s paid more than $100,000 in fines to retrieve impounded scooters.
“Beverly Hills has gone to the extreme,” the lawsuit says, and claims the ordinance violates state law.
When the city of Beverly Hills, California approved a ban on “shared mobility devices,” or scooters, in August, it quickly began impounding the vehicles throughout the city.
After being hit with “more than $100,000” in fines from 950 citations from the new ordinance, scooter startup Bird has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming “Beverly Hills has gone to the extreme” and is violating the California vehicle code by banning its scooters within its city limits.
In a complaint filed November 1, Bird said the city council’s passage of a six-month ban was a “hasty and deceptive proceeding riddled with violations of California’s open-meeting, public participation, and environmental laws.” The company also noted how the city has fought tooth and nail to fight against a purple line subway extension, “preferring instead to keep transit riders in communities to the east from reaching Beverly hills.”
A spokesperson for the city did not respond to a request for comment.
In their discussions at a special meeting in July, city council members were furious at how Bird and other scooter companies launched without any warning.
“We need to make this as difficult and as punitive as we can,” Mayor Julian Gold said at the meeting.
“I am beyond offended by the manner in which this was rolled out. I think it’s great technology and maybe it is the right thing, but to intentionally impose on cities the risks that you as organizations have done in an effort to make profit, as far as I’m concerned, is unconscionable.”
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Source:: Business Insider