What is the Slough e-scooter rental trial scheme
In 2020 the Government invited Local Authorities to run trial e-scooter rental schemes. These trial schemes, operated to a high standard, gather data to help the Government to understand the impacts and benefits of e-scooters, and to inform the future legal status of, and associated regulations for, e-scooters. They also gather valuable information on usage, travel patterns and ridership.
We introduced the Slough e-scooter rental trial scheme in October 2020, commissioning Neuron Mobility to operate 300 dockless e-scooters.
The Neuron Mobility e-scooters are coloured orange, have a maximum speed of 15mph, and can be used by registered scheme members over 18 years old with a driving licence.
The e-scooters can be used on the road, and in cycle and bus lanes, but are not permitted on pavements, playing fields and parks. There are also restrictions on speed and where they can be parked. Whilst operating the e-scooters, riders are advised to wear the helmet provided or their own helmet.
To enable the scheme to operate on the public highway during the trial period, in October 2020 we made an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), and the Department for Transport (DfT) granted a Vehicle Special Order (VSO).