In November 2020, the Isle of Wight Council, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council, in partnership with Solent Transport, launched the electric scooter (e-scooter) rental trial funded by the Department for Transport’s Future Transport Zone programme. The trial began in November last year with the first location on the Isle of Wight. Further locations in Portsmouth and Southampton are planned for spring 2021.
The e-scooter trial will continue until November 2021 and is one of several nationwide trials taking place. Continuing the trial beyond Nov 2021 will be at the discretion of the Department for Transport. E-scooters are a great way to make trips around your local area; they are easy to use and more environmentally friendly than driving your car.
The trial on the Isle of Wight is now active and additional information is available here.
Information on the remaining trial locations planned for Portsmouth and Southampton will be available soon.
What should I know before hiring an e-scooter?
To use an e-scooter you will need:
- A full or provisional driving license that has category Q entitlement. More info about licenses for e-scooters can be found here
- To be 16 or over
- To tell us what you think of them. We want to know your views on the e-scooter trial, whether you’ve tried one or not.
Some e-scooter operators provide in-person or online training for how to ride an e-scooter. Where it’s available, we’d encourage you to participate in training to help keep you safe. Other safety measures to keep in mind are that only one person should ride an e-scooter at one time, and that e-scooters are limited to 15.5mph by law. E-scooters can be programmed to further limit their speed in specific areas.
Although you don’t have to wear one, we’d recommend that you use a helmet if you are hiring an e-scooter. The e-scooters can only be used on public highways or cycle lanes where the trial is taking place. You do not need to take out insurance to hire and ride an e-scooter as this is covered by the operator.