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TfL and London Councils launch e-scooter trial competition

Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils have launched a competition to select up to three operators for a twelve-month trial of rental e-scooters.

Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and London's boroughs have announced that they are working together on plans for a trial of rental e-scooters in the capital. The trial aims to promote safety standards and develop a better understanding of the impact of this emerging mode of transport on London's roads.

The competition was launched on the 17 November and is open to all e-scooter operators. Up to three will be selected to take part in the 12-month trial,  due to start in spring 2021.

The trials are part of a wider approach across TfL, London boroughs and national government to enable people to use greener forms of transport and help avoid a damaging, car-led recovery from coronavirus, which would make air quality worse and increase congestion. Guidance issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) in summer 2020 now allows local authorities in the UK to trial e-scooters as part of a rental scheme.

The TfL website states that one third of London's boroughs have expressed their intention to join the trial initially, with more considering joining at a later stage.

What is needed from operators?

Operators taking part in the selection process will be assessed on their ability to meet strict safety requirements and high operating standards. Operators will also be required to provide critical data for TfL and the boroughs to understand the impact of e-scooters on London's transport goals, including Vision Zero, a shift to walking, cycling and public transport, zero emission targets and other aspects of the Mayor's Healthy Streets approach. This data will be shared with the DfT as it looks to bring in new legislation in this field.

You can view further details about the trial, competition and how to apply here.


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