Electric scooters would now be permitted on roads in London starting next month as the much-awaited trial of the new commuter devices would be launched in the capital.
TfL has reportedly confirmed a 12-month trial of rental electric scooters, which would be allowing people to ride the vehicles on roads as well as cycleways in numerous boroughs. The trial is expected to start from 7th June 2021.
It follows trials in up to 40 towns as well as cities across the country as the UK government reviews whether to authorize electric scooters on roads in UK.
The e-scooter trials have also witnessed disapproval from some, because of rising concerns about the vehicles being illegally ridden on pavements and after a wave of arrest for drink and drive.
According to by reliable sources, statistics show that around 70 people have been injured during the national government’s electric scooter trials after they were introduced it in 2020, to run up to March 25. This included over eleven people who were badly injured.
Privately-owned electric scooters, which are extensively available to purchase online, are in fact illegal to ride on pavements, cycle lanes and public roads. However, rental electric scooters could be used on cycle lanes or roads in places that are part of government’s official trials.
Individuals renting e-scooters must have a temporary or full motorcycle, car or moped license, and have been urged to wear helmets.
The vehicles would be restricted to a maximum speed of around 12.5mph across the capital and they should have front as well as rear lights that are always turned on.
The e-scooter riders would also have to take an e-learning-based safety course before hiring the vehicle for the first time.
The boroughs in London and places taking part in the electric scooter trial are Richmond upon Thames, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, the City of London, Canary Wharf in Tower Hamlets and Earling.
E-scooter firms TIER, Lime and Dott have been selected to operate the pilot scheme by Transport for London as well as London Councils, which constitutes the local authorities of the city.