Mike Hosking is no fan of public transport. From trains, to buses, to ferries, he hates them all.

He hates cycleways, too.

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But he's been keeping an eye on the Lime e-scooter debate with a keen interest.

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So with all the drama, the injuries and the ACC claims surrounding them, he felt the need to try one out.

"This was the thing I thought could be a game-changer, that could make a difference," the Newstalk ZB host said.

"But, of course, what I thought I had to do was try it before Phil Goff bans it, and there's too much carnage."

So Hosking took the e-scooter around the streets of central Auckland.

Newstalk ZB breakfast host Mike Hosking tries out a Lime scooter in Auckland. Photo / Jason Oxenham.
Newstalk ZB breakfast host Mike Hosking tries out a Lime scooter in Auckland. Photo / Jason Oxenham.

First impressions?

"It's not as fast I thought. Not quite as exciting as I thought."

Plus, he has a theory about why there seem to be so many crashes.

"They're rubber tyres, and because there is no air in them, this is where the accidents are happening.

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"People go over the bumps, and they don't realise that a hard tyre is going to cause you no end of difficulty," he said.

Newstalk ZB host Mike Hosking, with coat-tails flying. Photo / Jason Oxenham.
Newstalk ZB host Mike Hosking, with coat-tails flying. Photo / Jason Oxenham.

The overall review?

"... 27 kilometres an hour is crap. It doesn't go anywhere near close to it. 22 max.

"That being said, it was a lot of fun. And I would probably - probably - do it again."

Mike Hosking gave the e-scooter a 6/10.