TEMPE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- The future of another scooter company's presence in Tempe is now uncertain.
In a letter sent by officials with Razor to Tempe city officials, company officials say Tempe's new scooter license agreement, as currently written, will seriously threaten the company's ability to continue operating in Tempe, and said as it stands, the status quo will prevent Razor from being able to serve Tempe beyond the next 30 to 60 days, but said the company will closely evaluate the viability of its operations in Tempe in the coming months, in hopes of finding a way to operate sustainably without completely suspending service.
In the same letter, Razor's Chief Operating Officer, Danny Simon, encourages Tempe city officials to reconsider suggestions the company, along with other scooter operators, have shared in the past months.
Meanwhile, Tempe city officials say the company did send in their application for a license on Tuesday and paid the annual fee on Wednesday. This stands in contrast to what Tempe City Councilmember Kolby Granville wrote on Wednesday on his verified Facebook page, which states that Razor is leaving Tempe.
This recent turn of events for Razor came just days after Lime announced it will leave the East Valley city.
In a letter to Tempe city councilmembers obtained by FOX 10, Lime officials spoke about the city's Shared Active Transportation Vehicle License. Company officials say while it strongly supports regulation, and has been working with the city over the past several months to adopt the license conditions, there were two critical issues that were not resolved, including a tax of $386.9 per vehicle, per year, and a liability agreement that forced operators to take on risks well beyond their control and outside of their business operations.
On his post Wednesday, Granville says while he loves the scooters, they do cause secondary effects such as blocking disability access and injuries to riders. He also accused the scooter companies of wanting Tempe city residents to absorb the costs via the city's budget.