E-scooter trial paused in Coventry due to dangerous use

The e-scooters proved to be popular, with around 5,000 rides being taken in the first few days of the trial.

A Government-backed trial in Coventry looking at the best approach to legalising the use of e-scooters has been paused after concerns that some users have been riding the scooters dangerously.

The trial rolled out in Coventry last week in the form of a rental scheme.

The e-scooters proved to be popular locally, with around 5,000 rides being taken in the first few days of operation.

However, concerns have been raised after reported incidents of e-scooters being used dangerously in pedestrianised areas where they are not supposed to be used.

As a result, Coventry City Council and Voi, the e-scooter rental provider, took the decision on Monday to paused the scheme.

A spokesperson for the Council said: “The initial take-up has been encouraging but we need to ensure that the safety of all people using the city centre is protected and that the e-scooters are used in the proper way.”

A representative at Voi commented: “While we regret the pause to our service, we reiterate our desire and willingness to work with all local stakeholders to deliver a safe and successful trial.

“We look forward to resuming with enhanced measures in place to address the early observations from the trial.”