Published: 9 July 2021
Westminster City Council has confirmed plans for Westminster to join the Transport for London E-Scooter rental trial scheme. The City of Westminster will join the scheme on 2 August 2021 for a period of 10 months, with an option to extend the trial for up to 6 months.
The trial launched in June in five London boroughs including Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Richmond Upon Thames, and Tower Hamlets. The City of London, Southwark and Lambeth joined the trial in July.
Westminster’s participation in the trial means that Londoners will be able to rent and ride electric scooters from the approved suppliers on Westminster’s roads. All other e-scooters will continue to be illegal to ride on Westminster's roads, and the riding of e-scooters, electric bikes or any other bike on the pavement continues to be an offence and is not allowed.
The e-scooters will be available to rent via three providers:
Rental will be priced at between £3.25 and £3.40 for a 15-minute ride and e-scooters are only allowed to be ridden on roads, not pavements.
Westminster City Council has worked closely with TfL, London Councils, and the e-scooter providers to ensure extensive safety measures are in place so that residents and visitors can stay safe on our roads while the trial is in place.
Councillor Melvyn Caplan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Management, said:
We are pleased to announce that Westminster will join the TfL e-scooter trial scheme in August, providing residents and visitors with an environmentally friendly way to travel around the city. Westminster City Council has worked hard over recent months to identify suitable parking locations for this scheme, and we have monitored the roll-out in other boroughs to ensure that the trial in Westminster can operate as smoothly and safely as possible. The safety of residents and visitors to the city will remain our top priority throughout this process and we will work closely with providers to ensure that users comply with the rules.
Feedback can be provided to TfL through their have your say platform or their contact centre on 0343 222 1234.