We're running the trial with London Councils and the participating London boroughs, plus Canary Wharf. Working together on a single trial means the trial can run consistently across participating boroughs, with safety at its core.
The rental e-scooters will be provided by three different operators:
The operators were chosen after an open and competitive process to assess their ability to meet strict safety requirements and high operating standards.
Their e-scooters are now available for hire in:
Riders will also be able to pass through Tower Hamlets on a rental e-scooter. More areas are expected to join in the future.
For more information see our press release on the e-scooter trial.
You can rent the operators' e-scooters through their mobile phone apps. You will need to:
You will then be able to find an e-scooter. Use a QR code or vehicle ID displayed on the e-scooter to unlock that e-scooter in the relevant operator's app.
For more information you can contact Dott, Lime and TIER directly:
The trial will help us to better understand how e-scooters can be used safely in London - and how we should develop policy in the future. We are taking steps to ensure that anyone using a rental e-scooter rides safely and follows the rules of the road as well as guidance from the rental operator.
Find safety guidance and tips on how to ride rental e-scooters safely and avoid serious injury to any road users.
The e-scooter rental trial is part of a wider effort by TfL, London Councils, London boroughs and the UK Government to enable people to use new and greener forms of transport. This approach will help reduce the risk of an increase in car use after the coronavirus pandemic, which could lead to traffic congestion and have a negative impact on London's air quality.
The London e-scooter rental scheme is approved by the Department for Transport (DfT):
Relevant laws on e-scooter use include:
Some of these laws do not apply to mobility scooters or e-bikes (electrically-assisted pedal cycles) which are not treated as motor vehicles.
The Gov.uk website has details of the law on powered transporters.
A Traffic Order will allow us to permit the use of electric scooters on TfL cycle tracks within the participating boroughs. Respond to the Traffic Order by following the instructions in the public notice.
Along with London Councils, we have worked with different groups to understand their views and concerns and the possible impact the rental e-scooter trial will have on them.
Our comprehensive equality impact assessment (EqIA) will be kept under continual review during the trial. See the Rental e-scooter trial 2021 EqIA on the Diversity and inclusion publications page.