Electric Scooters: Hire Services

Department for Transport written question – answered on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the data required by his Department for analysis from rental electric scooter trials is provided by the operators participating in those trials.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Officials in the Department for Transport are working closely with operators to ensure the data we request will be robust, proportionate and feasible to collect.

When deciding whether to grant permission to start a trial, a key consideration of the Department will be how trials meet our wider public policy expectations (i.e. data sharing expectations and other public policy benefits expected from the trials).

If, once a trial has started, a provider was found not to be meeting those expectations (i.e. not sharing the expected data), the Department could take that into account in deciding whether to revoke permission for the trial.

The details of the data to be shared and the process for doing so will be set out in data sharing agreements between the Department and e-scooter providers, and with local authorities where required.

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