Electric Scooters: Pilot Schemes

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd October 2020.

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Photo of Virginia Crosbie Virginia Crosbie Conservative, Ynys Môn

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has drawn up criteria for evaluating the outcomes of his Department’s trials of electric scooters.

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

The Department set how it will evaluate rental e-scooter trials in its guidance to local areas and rental operators in September 2020. As stated in the guidance, the primary areas of focus for DfT and its monitoring and evaluation contractors include:

  • safety outcomes for e-scooter users and what influences this

  • interaction with, and effect on, other road users

  • public perceptions of e-scooters, including by people with disabilities and related groups

  • nature of modal shift and new journeys that have been enabled

  • characteristics of users, and how uptake and outcomes differ for different groups

  • The evidence gathered during trials, the responses to the Future of Transport regulatory review call for evidence and other research will inform legal changes that may be necessary after the trial period ends.

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