How to rent an e-scooter in Middlesbrough?
Rental e-scooters are to be made legal for use on public roads from 4th
July 2020 in a bid to tackle pollution and reliance on public transport as the UK plans its exit from lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. With non-essential shops, bars and restaurants set to open, city streets around the UK are expected to see a significant increase in traffic.
However, social distancing is still in place and the use of public transport (buses, trains, tubes etc) should be used with caution due to the potential spread of the virus. As a result, the government is trialing the first e-scooter rental scheme in Middlesbrough. The 12-month trial could pave the way for e-scooter rentals to boom in the UK, providing cost effective, environmentally friendly transport for those commuting in and out of cities for work or leisure.
The legalization of rental e-scooters on the UK’s roads could be a catalyst for an explosion in demand as whilst e-scooters have proved incredibly popular over the last few years, they are not permitted to be used on public roads. That will remain the case for private e-scooters as the legislation only allows rental e-scooters to be used on roads – presumably a move to ensure only regulated e-scooters are used on public roads.
Is it safe to rent an e-scooter in Middlesbrough?
The legislation permits anyone 16 years or over with a full or provisional driving license (or CBT) to ride a rental e-scooter on the road. Much like using any form of transport on busy roads, there are risks, however the wearing of helmets (as a minimum a cycle helmet) is strongly recommended and e-scooters are encouraged to be ridden in a similar manner to pedal cycles – keeping to the left and signalling to other road users. You will be required to adhere to the highway code. Users are also encouraged to review the training guides created by the electric scooter companies before using.
What about coronavirus?
The trial scheme has been pushed through to limit use of public transport in a time where infection control is high on the public health agenda. Renting an e-scooter keeps you out in the open air and generally away from other people. The e-scooter rental scheme will be self-managed however, much like bike-sharing schemes, the scooters will not necessarily be cleaned / sanitised like a rental car between uses. It is recommended that you sanitise any touch points on the scooter before riding paying particular attention to the handlebars and brakes.
FAQs about Automatic car rental in Middlesbrough
How can I rent an e-scooter in Middlesbrough?
Private companies will soon offer e-scooter hire in Middlesbrough which is being used a trial city for the scheme. If successful, expect the scheme to roll out across the UK. A smartphone app will manage the rental / payment process.
Can I ride an e-scooter on the roads in Middlesbrough?
Yes, as of 4th July 2020, rental e-scooters will be legal on UK roads. Only rental e-scooters will be permitted and are not legal for use on pavements. Private e-scooters remain illegal for use on public highways
Do I have to wear a helmet on an e-scooter in Middlesbrough?
No, there is no legal requirement to wear a helmet, however it is encouraged for personal safety.
How much does it cost to rent an e-scooter in Middlesbrough?
Expect to pay around £1 per hour for the rental, plus an ‘energy charge’ to recharge the battery when you are finished. Renting an e-scooter in Middlesbrough is expected to be broadly inline with bike-sharing schemes.
How fast can e-scooters go on the roads in Middlesbrough?
E-scooters are limited to 15.5mph for use on public highways in the UK and are not permitted on dual carriageways or motorways.