Number plates for e-scooters after safety concerns: Number plates are to be fitted to e-scooters to avoid misuse and issues identified during trials taking place in Coventry, which have now been suspended.

E-scooters were reportedly being used in pedestrianised areas where they are not permitted to be, causing several incidents, this saw the decision by Coventry Council to pause the scheme, which had provided in the first five days of operation around 7,500 rides.

A plan is being worked on by the council and Swedish start-up Voi, which has been selected to run the trial, for the safe return of e-scooters to the city.

The introduction of number plates on all e-scooters to help identify riders in cases of misuse is one of the measures which will be implemented.

Germany already has a license plate system in place, says Voi and the measure will be crucial to maintain rider responsibility and good behaviour.

Users who travel out of operational zones will be blocked by the company and will make e-scooters operational up until 10pm.

E-scooter rental schemes in the UK were given the green light earlier this year, in an effort to help boost green recovery and decarbonise urban transport.

Voi’s General Manager for Britain and Ireland, Richard Corbett told The Times: “We have an antisocial behaviour issue. That is something that is not unique to Coventry or Middlesbrough or any city. I think we have an antisocial behaviour issue across the country and when launching there is a small minority that is ruining it for the majority.

“We haven’t seen this level of antisocial behaviour in any other market. We have had great experience of it but the volume of it in the UK was quite surprising.”

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