In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Department for Transport (DfT) is delivering a green restart of local transport, which includes bringing forward e-scooter trials.
The DfT has issued guidance to allow local authorities to apply to be part of an e-scooter 12-month trial, where hired e-scooters can be used on the public highway. Currently e-scooters can only be ridden on private land.
The trial timescale is due to be fast tracked, with legislation relaxing in time for the first trials to start on 4 July 2020. Traffic Regulation Orders will be amended using the COVID-19 expedited emergency process.
Partner John Roberts writes for Alarm magazine as he provides more information on the proposals and the associated risks.
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