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Cars Revealed: the first place in Britain you can legally ride an e-scooter

12:20  16 july  2020
12:20  16 july  2020 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Internet searches for e - scooters increased hugely during lockdown, but drivers risk losing their licences by riding privately-owned scooters on the road.

If you are riding a privately-owned electric scooter responsibly and showing due care to pedestrians and road users, we find it unlikely that you will be While that doesn't bode well for those of us who already own electric scooters , it's worth noting that some restrictions are only in place for the trial

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This week sees the start of the UK’s first e-scooter rental trial, with the Tees Valley in the North East the chosen location.

A collaboration between the Tees Valley Combined Authority and shared transport company Ginger offers up 50 e-scooters now available to rent.

The pilot scheme follows changes in legislation by the Department for Transport, and will test whether e-scooters could become more widespread in the UK.

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E - scooters have no right of way on Britain ’s public highways such as roads, footways and There are precious few places to ride them–that is, legally . And this access problem is the reason why today’s It is expected the DfT will reveal the future status for e - scooters in an announcement later this year

Testing times ahead

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The initial rollout of the e-scooter trial sees 50 made ready for use in central Middlesbrough. The number will soon increase to 500, located across Teesside and Darlington.

To use one of the rental e-scooters, riders need to download the specific Ginger app to their smartphone. This letsthem reserve an e-scooter at their chosen location, then unlock it by scanning a QR code.

The e-scooters can only be used within the dedicated trial area. Riders have to pay £2 for 20 minutes, and must return the e-scooter to a special parking zone when done.

Legislation means trial e-scooters can be used on roads and cycle lanes, but not on pavements. Riders need to have at least a provisional driving licence, but insurance is provided as part of the rental payment.

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It will become legal to ride e - scooters on Great Britain 's roads from Saturday. Private scooters will remain illegal. Earlier this week, the government revealed that the speed limit would be "At the moment I just fear that people who are using these for the first time, are getting scared on our busy

The first trial of an e - scooter rental scheme in the UK will be held in the North East, a mayor has announced. The scooters will be provided by Ginger, and riders will have to leave the battery-powered vehicle in certain locations for charging. •When can I ride an e - scooter legally ?

Top speed is limited to 12.5 mph.

Keeping it legal

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Research by GoCompare has found that internet searches for e-scooters increased by an incredible 376 percent during lockdown. However, GoCompare warns that only rental e-scooters inside specific trial zones are currently legal for road use.

Using a privately-owned e-scooter on roads, pavements, or cycle paths would still be against the law. Riders face a fine of up to £300, along with six points on their driving licence, if caught by police.

A number of other local authorities across the UK have already expressed an interest in hosting e-scooter trials. It means those wanting to ride one should wait until a pilot scheme appears near them.

A unique transport solution

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British-based Ginger is responsible for ensuring the e-scooters are charged each day. The company will also look to introduce on-street docking stations as the pilot progresses.

Britain's first e-scooter cities trialing new rental scheme

  Britain's first e-scooter cities trialing new rental scheme Around 50 local authorities are thought to be eyeing up a government scheme to make e-scooters legal on Britain's roads. Milton Keynes and towns in the Tees Valley have ordered hundreds of the vehicles.The Department for Transport launched a new 12 month scheme at the start of July which would make it legal to ride e-scooters on roads - they would, however, need to be rented and would be capped at 15.

Riders stand on the scooters while holding onto the handlebars and pull a lever to engage the The scooters are legal in cities across Europe and the United States. It is claimed their use could see Furthermore, such vehicles cannot legally be used on the pavement either, in fact the only place they

Electric scooters can be ridden on private land, as long as you have obtained the landowner’s permission beforehand. The only place you can ride a private scooter is on private land, with In March, a public consultation into scooter use was announced, with a goal of beginning the first trials

Paul Hodgkins, CEO of Ginger, commented: “I strongly believe micro e-mobility offers unique solutions to today’s transport challenges. It is great that the Tees Valley Mayor and the Transport Secretary are making this public pilot the first in the UK, choosing to work with Ginger, a British innovator and transport provider.”

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, added: “I have been a big fan of e-scooters for a very long time, and when the Government announced their plans to fast-track their introduction, it was obvious that our region should be the first trial area.”

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