Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo

Bird suffers blow as Lime, Dott and Tier win Paris scooter permits

Lime, Dott and Tier Mobility have won permits to operate shared e-scooters throughout Paris.

The announcement followed a seven-month tender process that reportedly saw 16 applicants in the race for operation in the French capital, including Voi, Wind, Spin, Comodule and Bolt.

It comes as a blow to US-based Bird, who announced plans to open its biggest European office in Paris in 2019. At the time, Bird planned to hire 1,000 people by summer 2021.

As part of the agreement, each of the operators will be able to deploy 5,000 e-scooters in Paris for the next two years. 

The French capital plans to create 2,500 dedicated parking spots specifically for e-scooters.

In a translated statement, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (pictured) said: “Congratulations to Lime, Dott and Tier, winners of the tender for scooters in Paris. Operators have been selected according to three criteria: environmental responsibility, user safety, scooter maintenance and charging management.

“I remind scooter users that they should respect pedestrians and the rules of the road during their trips and that they should park in the allocated areas.”

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