11:38AM, Thursday 24 September 2020
An e-scooter rental trial is launching in Slough.
The scheme will allow residents to hire out hi-tech, zero emission e-scooters using an app on their smartphones.
In total, 250 distinctive orange scooters will be available to use in the borough.
They will only be allowed on roads and riders will be able to use the town’s bus and on-road cycle lanes.
But the rental vehicles are banned on any pavement, even shared pavements where cyclists are permitted, in order to protect pedestrians.
Operator Neuron Mobility has been given the green light by the Department for Transport to run the rental scheme in Slough for a 12-month trial period.
The e-scooters will include:
Neuron will also be deploying a dedicated safety team working around the clock and responsible for educating riders and sanitisation.
Hospital grade disinfectant will be used to clean helmets and the e-scooters.
Staff will also move the vehicles to where they are needed the most, assist new riders with signing up, and deliver practical tips for safe riding.
The e-scooters can be rented by people aged 18 years and over who hold a full or provisional driving licence.
In consultation with the council the company will also create a series of slow zones, no-parking and no-go zones for safety.
Riding rental e-scooters became legal on the UK’s roads on 4 July, 2020. Privately-owned electric scooters remain outlawed for use on any public path and road.
The trial, Neuron’s first scheme in the UK, is part of the Slough Borough Council’s transport initiatives to encourage changes to the way short journeys are made to walking, cycling, and now with the added choice of an e-scooter.
Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said: “This is an exciting first for Slough.
“We are leading the way in the use of alternative electric vehicles and the potential benefits of their use in the future.
“The town’s bus lanes, including the current experimental lanes on the A4, will be able to be used by the rental scooters leading to them being an attractive and sustainable way to travel in the borough.”
Further details on prices will be published closer to the scheme's launch date.
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