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The Government has announced (May 18th 2020) that only rental electric scooters will be taking part in the new fast-tracked trials. Consultation is taking place on the regulation of new trials; for more details read our blog

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Not yet sold on the benefits of e-scooters? That’s fine! Let us explain why we think that they’re the mobility revolution that we all need in today’s world.

We believe that e-scooters have a vital role to play in the way we travel as we look to create a cleaner, healthier future – reducing our reliance on congested roads, cramped and crowded public transport and enabling more people to be outside in the fresh air, more often.

Public transport hygiene:

  • There is a demonstrable link between public transport use and infectious diseases transmission’.1
  • Close contact and the touching of shared surfaces is virtually unavoidable at peak times on public transport, heightening exposure to infection.
  • Public transport therefore increases mass risk of virus contraction and spread.

    UK environmental health issues:

    • Children in every school in London and 234 schools in Birmingham are exposed to toxic pollution over the health limits of the World Health Organisation.2
    • Air pollution impacts neurodevelopment and cognitive ability, can trigger asthma and childhood cancer, and is strongly associated with cardiovascular issues.3
    • Diesel cars are the single biggest contributor to nitrogen oxides (NOx) levels in the UK, responsible for 41% of all NOx emissions from road transport.4
    • People in the UK are 64 times as likely to die as a result of air pollution as those in Sweden and twice as likely as those in the US.4

    A summary of why electric scooters should be legal as soon as possible:

    • Electric scooters produce a fraction of the pollution cars do
    • The more people that scoot, the less people are likely to drive 5
    • Less cars on the road means less pollution and less congestion
    • E-scooters can provide greater freedom to travel
    • There’s no close contact or shared surfaces
    • Over time, e-scooters are cheaper than public transport
    • They’re just as safe as bikes 5

    Sources

    1 BMC Environmental Health article: Analysing the link between public transport use and airborne transmission: mobility and contagion in the London underground
    2 The Times, 2019.
    3 World Health Organisation, 2018.
    4 Greener Journeys Report, Tackling Pollution & Congestion, 2017.
    5 Matthew Leash, Safe To Scoot – How Legalising E-scooter Will Save Lives, Bust Congestion and Help the Environment (2020).



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