The Gemeente has also awarded a license to operate to Check Technologies (the white and purple scooters)
Bright green GO Sharing scooters will disappear from the city of Groningen by 1 May at the latest after the company failed to get a permit from the Gemeente to continue operating. Felyx (the dark green ones) and the new Check Technologies (the white and purple ones) have received a permit, though, reports the GIC. From 1 May, both companies are both allowed to rent a maximum of two hundred scooters for a period of two years.
The three scooter companies submitted a plan to the gemeente Groningen, which subsequently awarded points to those plans, with a maximum of 750 points. Felyx received 703 points, Check 698 and GO Sharing 615 points.
According to the municipality, Felyx and Check Technologies scored best on certain criteria, such as combating nuisance and the contribution to social cohesion and local employment.
A spokesperson for GO Sharing says the decision is “a downer”. “We are very curious about where we score less than the competitor and we may object the decision in writing later,” says Lloyd Drop on behalf of the company.
At the moment there are still 300 shared scooters on the road in Groningen on a trial basis. They occasionally cause a nuisance, for example because they are parked in the middle of the pavement; and this is something the gemeente will ask Felyx and Check to work against.