E-scooters to launch in Coventry next week

The e-scooters will cost £1 to unlock and 20p per minute to ride, plus have special handlebars that kill 99.98% of coronavirus.

Swedish company Voi has been appointed to operate e-scooters in the West Midlands, it was announced this week.

E-scooters will be rolled-out in Coventry from 10 September, with members of the public able to use them during the initial 12-month trial.

The public will initially be able to access and ride e-scooters within the immediate vicinity of Coventry’s city centre, with an ambition to expand this zone as the trial progresses.

Riders will be required to have a provisional or full driving license to unlock an e-scooter.

For the purpose of the trial, a maximum speed of 15.5 mph will be enforced on 30 mph or less roads, and a speed limit of 5mph in pedestrianised areas.

The local council have advised users to use designated cycle routes wherever possible.

The e-scooters will cost £1 to unlock and 20p per minute to ride, with reduced rates for NHS workers, students and those on low incomes.

Those who are looking to use the e-scooters regularly can have unlimited rides for £40 per month.

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, commented: “The West Midlands is proud to be leading the way on future transport development, and it is great to be able to partner with Voi and reveal our plans for e-scooters across the region.

“E-scooters will help bring more flexibility, choice, and greener travel solutions for the West Midlands.

“E-scooters unquestionably offer a healthier, more environmentally friendly, alternative to the car for shorter journeys around our towns and cities, which will in turn help to ease traffic congestion and tackle air pollution.”

Up to 10,000 e-scooters are due to be deployed across the region over the course of the trial, with an initial 200 in Coventry city centre.

The Department of Transport passed legislation earlier this year to accelerate the deployment of e-scooter trials across the UK, to assist with the sustainable reopening of the economy and transport systems as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To make sure that e-scooters are introduced as safely as possible, Voi has gone over and above Government requirements on age limits, insurance and rider verification.

The company will provide rider education, identity verification and make its online traffic school available to the West Midlands.

Lucy Yu, Voi’s director of public policysaid: “In the UK, 60 per cent of car journeys are between one and three miles, which significantly increases congestion.

“Cars no longer suit the way we live today, and we estimate that 20 per cent of short journeys could be replaced by low-carbon e-scooters with a minimum five-year lifespan.”

Voi is also committed to upholding the region’s health and safety policy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Therefore, they are adding Shieldex Copper-Tape to the handlebars of the e-scooters, which kill 99.98% of coronavirus on contact, plus all e-scooters will be disinfected every 24 hours.

To find out more about Voi and to get started with e-scooters, download the Voi app on your Smartphone’s app store.