E-scooters to be permitted on public roads, cycle lanes and tracks.
The Government is poised to publish a new framework for how rental e-scooters will operate in UK cities.
Rented escooters are set to become part of the UK’s efforts to get the nation moving again in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports.
The Department for Transport is preparing to publish documents next week detailing where and how the rented scooters could be ridden as parts of efforts to relieve pressure on public transport, The Observer has claimed.
Around 30 city councils, including Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge and Manchester, have expressed interest in joining London as early pilot cities for trials, according to the report.
Concerns over the vehicles’ safety on public roads had represented a significant obstacle to their roll-out in the UK, despite their enormous popularity in the US and across Europe, alongside fears their availability will discourage people from walking short distances and contribute to greater levels of obesity.
Fast-tracking the fleets
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a £2bn investment in green travel solutions including e-scooters last month, as part of the Government’s plans to combat overcrowding on public transport.