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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has fined e-scooter company Skip $9,000 for taking its scooters offline in October—and explicitly violating its contract with the city.

Specifically, PBOT says Skip failed to make the promised minimum of 100 e-scooters a day available to people in East Portland during Oct. 17 and Oct. 31. The company also did not deploy at least 90 percent of its e-scooter fleet during these days. Both of these rules are in direct violation of the city's "Shared E-Scooter Pilot Program", a program with rules that three e-scooter companies (Skip, Bird, and Lime) promised to adhere to in July.

The pilot program—which wraps on Nov. 20—is meant to help Portland officials decide whether e-scooters should become a permanent part of Portland's transportation ecosystem.

According to Skip representatives, the company decided to pull its e-scooters from Portland streets due to rain. Which begs the question: If e-scooters can't handle a couple weeks of October drizzle—are they that useful for Portlanders looking for reliable transportation options?