E-scooters 10th November 2020
I asked the Government some questions about the current e-scooter trials.
HOUSE OF LORDS
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
Lord Moylan: To ask Her Majesty's Government which firms have been selected to run electric scooter trials in areas where trials are being undertaken. (HL9661)
Lord Moylan: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that electric scooter trials test a range of (1) models, (2) providers, and (3) local circumstances. (HL9662)
Lord Moylan: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of firms that would need to be involved in electric scooter trials for an evidence based policy decision to be made. (HL9663)
Lord Moylan: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that firms providing electric scooters under the current trials can meet their undertakings; and what requirements must local and combined authorities operating such trials meet. (HL9664)
Lord Moylan: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any firms that were successful in bidding to run an electric scooter trial are, as part of the contractual arrangement, providing additional infrastructure or other benefits. (HL9665)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport (Lady Vere of Norbiton): 11 different companies are operating across the live trial areas. These are: Ginger, Spin, Lime, Beryl, Tier, Zwings, Voi, Bird, Neuron, Zipp, and Wind.
Many of these companies have their own model of scooter which meets the minimum requirements set by the Department. Trials include both short- and long-term rental. The range of trial areas provide a diverse range of local environments in which to assess e-scooter use.
The key areas we are seeking evidence of are the safety of e-scooters, what mode shift they cause, and what impacts they have on other road users. There is no minimum number of operators who need to participate in trials to assess this, but we will additionally seek to learn and share lessons on how different e-scooter providers operate.
The local authorities hosting the trials have selected the operators they wish to work with. They have undertaken their own procurement processes, ensuring that the operators meet both the Department’s and their own requirements for the trial. We have set out these requirements in our guidance for local authorities and have only approved trials where these are met. The requirements include that the operator has geofencing and driving licence checks in place, that local areas have engaged with local police and disability groups, and that data generated will be shared with the Department.
Many of the operators are going beyond these minimum requirements, including providing free helmets to users and offering online or in-person training to use the scooters.