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Electric Scooters: Hire Services

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL6138, tabled on 9 February 2022

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.

Answered on

22 February 2022

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.