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Shared e-scooters

Shared e-scooters have become a popular part of the micromobility landscape in many countries around the world. They are not lawful in the UK, but through summer 2020 and onwards the UK Government is aiming to bring forward trials of rental e-scooters on a temporary basis.

 

CoMoUK always strives to positively influence and shape the evolution of the shared mobility sector. Its remit is for the public benefit of shared transport and so it is supportive of the exploration and piloting of shared e-scooters to help assess their contribution as a transport mode and how they can be most successfully deployed in these evolving times alongside bike share and car share alongside public transport, walking and private cycling.

 

CoMoUK has created a set of high-level principles to guide the development of the trials.

CoMoUK high-level principles for shared e-scooter rental trials June 2020

 

 

The Government may then move forwards to legalise e-scooter use in the UK. To find out more or get involved in the trials you can contact the Department for Transport via micromobility@dft.gov.uk. The Department is also consulting on a more broadly about micro-mobility with a deadline of 3rd July.

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How they work

Like bike share schemes, e-scooters can be located, booked and unlocked through an app on a smart phone. Fitted with batteries, the e-scooters allow users to ‘twist and go’ (or press a button) and glide along at anywhere between 12 mph and 15 mph

Types of Vehicles

There are various forms of e-scooter. The UK is going to be trialling those which you stand on, as opposed to moped-style ones that you sit on. There are multiple other variations on the theme globally, including small electric vehicles with three or four wheels.