Driving instructors operating in some of the region’s bigger towns and cities could find themselves coming across electric scooters on the road for the first time in the coming weeks.

New Government regulations allowed trials of rental e-scooters to begin on UK roads from 4 July.

The fast-tracked trials, which are due to last 12 months, are designed to help the Government assess the benefits of e-scooters – in particular their impact on public space, motor traffic, the environment and safety.

They have been launched in a bid to ease pressure on public transport during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the new regulations, the use of e-scooters will be strictly prohibited on pavements – while devices will be limited to 15.5mph and riders recommended to wear helmets. Users will also need a full or provisional car, motorcycle or moped licence.

Privately owned e-scooters have not been legalised, only those available from rental companies.

Rachel Maclean, transport minister, said: “As we emerge from lockdown, we have a unique opportunity in transport to build back in a greener, more sustainable way that could lead to cleaner air and healthier communities across Great Britain.

“E-scooters may offer the potential for convenient, clean and cost-effective travel that may also help ease the burden on the transport network, provide another green alternative to get around and allow for social distancing. 

“The trials will allow us to test whether they do these things.”

Read more on the government website here

We’re here to help

Many people across the country are going through difficult times right now, due to the unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving instructors are no different.

But rest assured, there is always help at hand.

Local authorities in the north west are helping residents during this time and through the Engage Partnership, we are more than happy to direct ADIs to where you can find support in your local area.

So, if you need any help, advice or support, don’t hesitate to get in touch: info@engagedriving.co.uk

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