Middlesborough launches e-scooter trial following Government's approval allowing e-scooters to be used on roads.
09:06 17 July 2020
Middlesbrough is officially the first in the UK to launch a trial on e-scooters just two weeks after Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, changed the legal status of e-scooters to allow them to be used on roads. The trial will be launched in Redcare & Cleveland and Hartlepool in the coming days.
To encourage the use of e-scooter as an alternative transportation method during the Covid-19 pandemic, re-charging hubs and parking spaces for e-scooters have been set up at popular and busy areas like Linthorpe Village, Middlesbrough Bus Station and Riverside Park.
Mayor Houchen said: "To be able to announce that the first-ever UK trial of e-scooters starts here today in Middlesbrough is a great coup for our region. In such a short period of time, working with Ginger, a great example of a forward-thinking British company, we are helping lead the UK in the new, fun, clean and innovative technology.
"Within weeks we will have these brilliant e-scooters appearing around Teeside, Darlington and Hartlepool, helping local people get around in a clean, cost-effective and socially distanced alternative to other forms of public transport in a post-coronavirus world.
"This move shows that our region is committed to being a driving force in innovative technologies. Our area already has a great reputation for the offshore sector and that will soon be joined by other projects like hydrogen refuelling, and the Net Zero Teeside project, the world's first full-scale carbon capture, storage and utilisation scheme."