Electric Scooters: Hire Services

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd February 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what due diligence they have done on the sustainability claims of e-scooter providers currently operating in pilot schemes.

Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the requirements for e-scooter providers participating in the current trials regarding their carbon footprint.

Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether users of e-scooters were primarily travelling by (1) car, or (2) public transport, prior to the introduction of e-scooters.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The detailed design of the e-scooter trials, including any environmental requirements, are determined by the relevant local authority. Operators are increasingly using e-vehicles and e-cargo bikes to service and maintain their fleets to reduce negative impacts.

The Department for Transport has in place a national monitoring and evaluation programme for the e-scooter trials, commissioned to Arup in partnership with NatCen. As part of this evaluation, we are collecting evidence on mode shift including from car and public transport. Findings from the evaluation will be published later in the year.

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