TIER has today started managing the operations of the shared e-scooter scheme in Essex as part of the nationwide trials run by the Department for Transport.
The shared micromobility operator recently acquired Ford-owned Spin, which had been running the Essex service since the beginning of last year.
Initially a fleet of 350 TIER e-scooters, with upgraded safety features, will replace Spins e-scooters in Chelmsford. These will be available for riders from 6 June. Fleets in Basildon and Colchester will be replaced at a later date in June.
“We’re really excited to build on Spin’s excellent reputation established in the area, working in collaboration with their team and the council to deliver a safe, green transport option for residents and visitors,” said Georgia Yexley, TIER’s General Manager for UK & Ireland.
“The e-scooter scheme has already had a hugely positive impact in Essex, with almost a million e-scooter rides being taken since its launch.”
TIER’s e-scooters feature a large front wheel, indicators, a wider foot plate, brighter lights, dual suspension, double kick-stand and dual drum brakes for stable riding on uneven surfaces.
Pricing will change to reflect TIER’s model but special subsidised programmes such as those for NHS workers and for low incomes will remain. The current long-term renting options in Braintree and Brentwood will cease until further notice.
Cllr Lee Scott, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transport, added: “Essex County Council has an oversight role for the e-scooter trial which will feed into our evaluation once the trial period is over in November. We’re pleased that the trial has already demonstrated a real modal shift helping make Essex safer, greener and healthier and look forward to TIER continuing this work over the next six months.”