London E-scooter rental scheme could replace five million car trips in capital

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As the capital prepares to mark London Climate Action Week which begins on Saturday, June 26, a recently launched e-scooter rental scheme is poised to have significant environmental benefits. One of London’s e-scooter operators, TIER, says each group in the capital will be able to run a fleet of up to 6,600 e-scooters. With three operators currently allowed to rent out e-scooters in London: TIER, Lime and Dott, this equates to 19,800 e-scooters.

By assessing usage data from operations across 115 cities in the UK and wider Europe, TIER has estimated a utilisation rate of four rides per day per scooter in the capital. This means there will be nearly 80,000 rides per day on e-scooters and over 29 million a year.

According to recent consumer research, 17 percent of trips taken on rental e-scooters replace car journeys. When applying this to London, TIER calculates that 4.9 million car journeys can be replaced by e-scooters every year.

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TIER also assessed the potential CO2 reduction if all one-mile car trips in the capital were replaced by rental e-scooter trips. This would see a 233-tonne daily reduction in CO2 emissions. That is the same amount of CO2 released by 240 return flights from London to New York.

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TIER regional manager, Fred Jones, said: “The potential environmental benefits of switching from cars to e-scooters for short journeys are absolutely staggering when you think about the size and scale of London and the number of vehicles on the roads.

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“The Mayor is rightly committed to improving London’s air quality, and that’s what makes the launch of-scooter schemes in the capital so exciting – it’s a unique opportunity to rethink urban transport in the capital and to reduce pollution levels.”

E-scooter riders must be 18 or over and have a full provisional driving licence.

As part of a trial being run by Transport for London e-scooters are now available for hire in Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond upon Thames and Canary Wharf.

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Riders will also be able to pass through Tower Hamlets on a rental e-scooter. More areas are expected to join in the future.

It comes as TfL have reminded passengers that using e-scooters on the tubes and railways is forbidden.

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Riding e-scooters on pavements is also banned, but they will generally be able to use the same space as bicycles.

It is also illegal to use privately-owned e-scooters or other powered transporters on public roads.

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