The Daily Telegraph

City puts brakes on e-scooter trial after woman, 80, injured

- By Joe Pinkstone

E-SCOOTERS are to be banned on the streets of Canterbury after an 80-yearold woman was hit by a rider and suffered significan­t injuries.

A pilot scheme where residents of the Kent city could hire motorised scooters began in November 2020 and was due to reach the end of its term in November.

A proposal from the Department for Transport to extend the trial until 2024 has been rejected by Kent county council, with the scheme to be terminated by Dec 1 and no scooters therefore are allowed on the city’s roads.

Private e-scooters remain illegal to use on public roads nationwide. Other pilot e-scooter rental schemes will end in May 2024 and data from these will determine whether the use of e-scooters on public highways is approved.

David Brazier, the council’s cabinet member for transport, described Bird, the company running the trial on behalf of the council, as “competent and profession­al” but said you “cannot legislate” for people breaking the rules when they hire the vehicles.

A Bird spokesman said it was “clearly very disappoint­ed with this decision”.

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