As e-scooter rentals are on the rise, the Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and London’s boroughs are working on plans for a trial of rental e-scooters in the city. The intention behind the trial is to promote safety standards and develop a better understanding of the impact of the emerging mode of transport on the roads of London.
A new competition has been launched and it is open to all e-scooter operators. Of these operators, three of them will be selected to participate in the 12-month trial that is set to debut in spring 2021. As per the guidance issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) this summer, it lets local authorities in the UK to trial e-scooter rentals. Going by these changes, the use of privately owned e-scooters on public roads remains illegal and uncovered in the UK. Furthermore, the Metropolitan Police will continue to engage with e-scooter riders and enforce the legislation regarding the use of privately owned e-scooters.