Fleet managers are buying new parts they need for scooters on the Bird`s Shopify side, which means Bird can also make money from repairs. Waiver and Release of Liability customers are required to sign up before trying with electric scooters to provide a complete release of responsibility from the company and its employees. By signing the contract, a driver loses his right to sue Bird or Lime for injury or death resulting from the use of the scooter or the absence of a helmet, and even if the scooter does not work or is “properly maintained”. He and about 30 other fleet officials in Dallas met with city officials via Zoom to try to promote the reopening of the scooter market. It`s an old fight that has been going on in American cities since the scooter industry came into life. But this time, there was no Bird lobbyist at the meetings. All the people who fought to keep the scooters on the street are fleet managers, Charlie said. Fleet managers` income comes from scooter trips and is paid by Bird in a weekly cheque. Bird takes 30% of each fleet manager`s cheque to pay off their scooter debts, in addition to a 20% service fee and an additional city tax, revenue tax and advertising fee, according to an invoice provided to OneZero. Bird`s royalties and equipment payments amount to approximately 70% of fleet managers` weekly income.
The city asks Bird users to take pictures of their parked scooters before completing their trip, a protection against non-compliance with parking rules. Contracts for the use of electric scooters are controversial. Many people think they are unfair to victims and isolate electric scooter sharing companies too well. Thus, the victims remain incompetent and Lime and Bird valued at billions. Liability issues may be one of the reasons Why Bird unloaded the scooters on his chargers. Some fleet managers claim that the Covid 19 crisis also posed an existential threat to the scooter model. If more and more cities decided to ban scooters, fleet managers could take the matter. Bird has a section in its user agreement that allows you to opt out of its class actions and arbitration rules.8 If you opt out, you have the right to sue Bird in court and join a class action.