Decision details

Rental e-scooter trial

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


A decision is needed for Westminster to take part in the Transport for London led and administered rental e-scooter trial for a twelve month period.


2.        Recommendations

2.1      That Appendix B to this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).


2.2      It is recommended that the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approves the City Council to participate in the multi-borough rental e-scooter trial administered by TfL for a maximum twelve-month period, with an option to extend the trial for a period of up to six-months; provided we are satisfied with all final guidance issued by DfT and the final documentation and scheme proposal received from TfL.


2.3      It is recommended that the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management delegates authority to the Director for City Highways to agree on final arrangements, and to enter into any necessary legal agreements with TfL and independent rental e-scooter operators in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways where necessary.



3.        Reasons for Decision


3.1      To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to allow for the Government’s advice for social distancing and safe travel on public transport by increasing alternative transport options e.g. e-scooters as well as capacity.


3.2      Assess whether e-scooters should be legalised in the UK as part of the long-term policy review by the Government.


3.3      To better understand if and how these vehicles can be safely accommodated on London’s Streets. By collecting a robust evidence base on safety and other impacts caused by e-scooter uses.


Publication date: 27/11/2020

Date of decision: 27/11/2020

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