Electric Scooters: Global Positioning System

Department for Transport written question – answered on 26th April 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential of GPS on e-bikes and e-scooters to be used in enforcement to park or ride in permitted areas.

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

Operators of e-scooters in trial areas and some of the larger e-bike rental companies use geo-fencing technology, for example to encourage users to park in permitted areas with fines for non-compliance. In relation to e-scooters, geofencing is also used to slow down or stop the e-scooters when ridden in no-go or go-slow areas.

Use of geo-fencing is something we are gathering evidence about as part of national scooter trials. And it is something the department is continuing to engage with the cycle-share sector about.

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