E-scooter Trials

Three trials of rental e-scooters are running in the Solent region: on the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton as part of a national trial for the Department for Transport.

The focus of the trials is on safety, giving people new travel options, and learning lessons for the future; including possible changes to the law around e-scooters. During the trial, it remains illegal to ride a private e-scooter on any public land: either the road or footway. Only rental e-scooters provided by the operators in the Solent (Voi or Beryl), can be used.

E-scooter users waiting at crossing
E-scooter users waiting at crossing

Recent updates:

The trials have been well received. By September 2022, more than 139,000 users had ridden a total of 1.37 million trips. All three trials have been extended to November 2024 and continue to expand.

Find out more in our 2022 factsheet here.

Project Start

Q1 2020

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People using local transport bikes

Milestone 1

Q2 2020

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Customer returning an e-scooter to its bay

Milestone 2

Q3 2020

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Voi E-scooters in there bays

Milestone 3

Q4 2020

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Voi E-scooter demonstration

Project End

Q1 2023

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Beryl Bikes female rider
Q1 2020
Project Start
Q2 2020
Milestone 1
Q3 2020
Milestone 2
Q4 2020
Milestone 3
Q1 2023
Project End

Project Start

Q1 2020

Donec elit libero, sodales nec, volutpat a, suscipit non, turpis. Curabitur at lacus ac velit ornare lobortis.

People using local transport bikes

Milestone 1

Q2 2020

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Customer returning an e-scooter to its bay

Milestone 2

Q3 2020

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Voi E-scooters in there bays

Milestone 3

Q4 2020

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Voi E-scooter demonstration

Project End

Q1 2023

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Beryl Bikes female rider
Two solent transport users on e-scooters

Introducing Vio scooters