The service will operate daily from 5am to 10pm “within a tight geographical distance from Melbourne’s CBD”.
All Scooti drivers have to complete comprehensive driver checks, including police and medical checks, accreditation by Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, and hold full, unrestricted motorcycle licenses issued by an Australian state or territory.
Riders are also vetted by Scooti for hygiene, presentation, communication and safety.
Scooti plans to have female riders available for women who want to ride with a female.
Riders can use their own scooter or hire one from Scooti partners Ridely.
While these peer-to-peer services are escalating around the world, there are a few hurdles for riders.
Carrying the right size helmet for all passengers;
the varying standards of safety gear passengers wear; and
the cost of insurance which is already high for motorcyclists. Imagine how much higher it would be if you are using your bike or scooter as a taxi service!