E-scooters are here!

You might have caught a glimpse of the many people zipping around Yeovil on an electric scooter recently, if this sounds like something you would be interested in trying, you're in luck! Micro-mobility operator, Zwings, have now set up a parking bay for their e-scooters at Yeovil Innovation Centre.

This scheme will be run under the official e-scooter trials initiative, authorised by the Department for Transport (DfT). Private use e-scooters remain illegal on UK roads, however these trials are allowing the DfT to review how authorised rental e-scooters are used in a controlled and monitored environment.

Zwings is providing a sustainable, convenient and socially distant mode of travel for the local community and visitors for the next 12 months for the DfT trial. They have created jobs for the local community and are working with a growing number of stakeholder groups to design, implement and manage the fleet’s operation. Around 60% of car trips are between 1 to 3 miles and the majority of which are made by the driver alone, causing local air pollution which is bad for health and CO2 emissions, impacting on climate change.

Find out more, including current safety measures and how to rent your own, on the South Somerset District Council website.

Released On 20th Nov 2020