UPDATE (10:00 p.m.): WKRG News 5 reached out to the owner of EZRide Scooters, and he spoke to News 5.
Muhamad Hamden is the owner of EZRide Scooters, and when he found out the city was impounding his scooters, he was upset.
He explained that his company is local, so he thought the city would be more supportive.
“It hurts a little bit because we’re locally owned and locally operated,” said Hamdan. “I thought the City of Mobile would help the locally owned business.”
Hamdan says he’s going to work with the city to get scooters back out there.
UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): The owner of EZRide Scooters has “been cooperating with City staff to collect the company’s scooter,” according to an update from the City of Mobile.
The owner was unaware a franchise agreement was required to “conduct business in city rights of way.”
EZRide Scooters will not be charged an impound fee for the scooters that were collected by the Mobile Police Department Wednesday afternoon.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — City of Mobile officials said police will impound all EZRide scooters that were “recently placed in the downtown [Mobile] area.” But the city said they are working to bring approved scooters back, according to a release Wednesday afternoon.
The City of Mobile “has not been provided any information about the EZRide scooters,” and the company does not have a “franchise agreement to have its scooters in the city’s right of way” with the city.
Officials said they are working with another company to finalize a franchise agreement and “bring scooters back to downtown Mobile.”
Just over a month ago, Gotcha scooters were taken off the streets of downtown Mobile because the company, Bolt Mobility, went out of business. WKRG’s Typhani Gray spoke with locals about the scooters being taken away in August.