The micromobility industry has welcomed Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to extend the capital’s e-scooter trial scheme until 20 November this year.
This extension “will allow the trial to build on its successes and further explore how e-scooters could play a role in a sustainable transport network,” said TfL.
Launched last June in several London boroughs, the trial was formally due to finish on 6 June 2022.
Three operators are taking part in the pilot – TIER, Lime and Dott.
Georgia Yexley, TIER’s General Manager for UK & Ireland, told Zag Daily: “We’re excited that this extension will help us to obtain further data on transport habits – helping us to provide the best possible service to Londoners and enrich government decision-making.”
Lime’s Senior Director for Government Relations Alan Clarke told Zag Daily: “Lime is proud to be extending our successful London e-scooter pilot in partnership with TfL and London Councils.
“We look forward to more riders taking advantage of our service as the weather improves over the summer months, and we await more details on the Department for Transport’s plan for long term regulation of this exciting transport mode.”
Since launching almost one year ago, more than one million journeys have now been made across the three operators taking part in London’s trial.
Duncan Robertson, Dott’s General Manager for UK & Ireland, told Zag Daily: “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Transport for London to provide an efficient, reliable and safe way to travel across the capital.”
Will Norman, London’s Walking & Cycling Commissioner, commented: “I am pleased that TfL and London Councils have been able to extend the trial to November. Ensuring a green, sustainable future for London is a top priority – with the right regulations that prioritise safety, e-scooters are an alternative to cars that could help us get there.”