Auckland Council lacked evidence about safety matters when Lime e-scooters were launched in the city, according to a briefing paper from council chief Stephen Town.

The revelation comes only days after the publication of a New Zealand Medical Journal study which found e-scooter crash victims are arriving at hospitals with the sort of traumatic, multiple injuries associated with car crashes.

It also coincides with a crusade by Auckland Transport and the Government to tackle road safety and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries.

The findings have prompted the authors of the study to issue a warning to the

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