Uber’s e-bike plan for Dublin rejected on safety grounds

Possibility of vandalism by some operators against competitors also cited by council

A Jump Bike in Los Angeles. Photograph: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

A Jump Bike in Los Angeles. Photograph: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Dublin City Council rejected proposals by US taxi-hailing company Uber to roll out an electronic bike-sharing service in the city amid concerns over safety and the risk of vandalism being carried out by some operators against competitors.

Uber petitioned Dublin City Council late last year for a licence to start offering its Jump Bike service. It planned to put up to 1,000 of the electronically assisted bikes in the capital.

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