E-scooters to get number plates to stop misuse in Coventry

Identification plates and a one-strike ban policy are some of the measures being introduced to crack down on e-scooter misuse.

A Voi e-scooter parked infront of Coventry Council House

Electric scooters in Coventry are to be fitted with identification plates, similar to vehicle number plates, after a trial of them had to be paused due to misuse.

The identification plates aim to make individual riders more easily identifiable by the operators and police.

As part of the trial, e-scooters have been classified as motor vehicles and so must abide by traffic laws, including the need to have at least a provisional driving license and obey speed limits.

Within the first few days of the trial though, there were reports of some riders being underage, riding in pedestrianised areas and going the wrong way down one-way roads.

The new identification plates, though not required by law, are expected to be similar to number plates seen on motorbikes, and will be added to the front and back.

It is just one of a series of measures being introduced by Voi, the company behind the e-scooter scheme, in an effort to crack down on their use on misuse.

Other measures will include encouragement to complete a driver training course, more staff being employed to monitor the trial and a new one-strike ban policy for those who misuse the scooters.

A spokesperson for Voi admitted they have “an antisocial behaviour issue”, adding that it is “not unique to Coventry”, but that the volume of it in the city is “quite surprising”.

“There is a small minority that are ruining it for the majority”, they said.

It is hoped the scheme will restart sometime in October with the new measures in place.

Despite getting off to a shaky start, the trial proved to be popular with around 5,000 people trying out the e-scooters within the first few days, which a spokesperson for Coventry City Council called “encouraging”.