ELECTRIC scooters are set to be tested in parts of Hampshire next year.
Transport bosses plan to conduct e-scooter trials in Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth from spring 2021.
The news comes as the Department of Transportation (DfT) approved plans for a 12-month e-scooter test in each of the three cities.
To rent an e-scooter, residents must be over 16 and present a valid UK provisional driver’s license.
Tranpsort bosses said that e-scooters are subject to the same rules as bicycles, and that people are asked to wear their own bicycle helmets.
During the 12 months of the trial, residents can provide feedback on their experiences to the local authorities and Solent Transport.
Citizen chefs said the use of private e-scooters was still limited to private land, while driving private e-scooters on the highway network was illegal.
Those who rent an e-scooter next year as part of the trial are asked to wear their bicycle helmet instead.
Conrad Haigh, Head of Solent Transport, said, “The DfT funded Solent Future Transport Zone program marks the beginning of a major shift in transportation, a rare opportunity to build a cohesive transportation network across the Solent region that enables people to travel Make them lighter, more environmentally friendly and at the same time improve your health and well-being. The Solent Transport E-Scooter Review is the first step on an exciting journey of change and improvement. ”
It is because e-scooters have already been tested on the Isle of Wight, where 700 trips were made in the first week of testing.