Greener modes of transport such as e-scooters will be trialled in the UK from next month to help encourage more people off public transport and onto planet-friendly alternatives.
E-scooter trials have been brought forward from 2021 to June 2020 to help reduce public transport crowding, and to reduce the risk of further waves of infection from coronavirus.
Originally, the e-scooter trials were slated for next year with four areas of the UK taking part – Portsmouth and Southampton, the West of England Combined Authority, Derby and Nottingham, and the West Midlands. Now the scheme which will be offered to all local areas across the country.
The purpose of the trials is to allow government to assess the benefits of e-scooters as well as their impact on public space, with the potential to see rental vehicles on UK roads as early as next month.
The trial could lead to an overhaul of UK laws, which currently don’t permit electric scooters anywhere except on private land and where the government has allowed some limited trials. Companies operating scooter rental schemes will need to prove they are a safe and green mode of urban transport before the legislation is updated.
The fast tracking of scooter trials is part of a wider £2 billion package launched by the UK Government to ensure green measures during and after the pandemic. Air quality in the UK and other countries under lockdown has drastically improved in recent months.
Other green measures announced by the UK Government include pop-up cycling lanes and wider pavements to encourage walking and cycling.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com