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Bird’s U.K. Chief Departs After Scooters Remain Banned in U.K.

  • Corbett blamed Brexit for lack of focus on changing regulation
  • Bird is one of the world’s biggest VC-backed scooter startups
A person rides a Bird Rides Inc. electric scooter in San Francisco, California.

A person rides a Bird Rides Inc. electric scooter in San Francisco, California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

E-scooter startup Bird Rides Inc. has lost its U.K. and Ireland boss, Richard Corbett, who left the company this week after two years at the helm.

Since launching in London in 2018, the venture capital-backed startup has struggled to deploy its scooter-rental business as a result of tight regulation, which Corbett says was made impossible to overcome while lawmakers focused on Brexit.