The e-scooter network will stay in the city until 2026 after the government extended the pilot project which is also taking part in 23 other UK areas.

Nottingham City Council announced the further two year extension just over a year after they announced plans to extend the project until May 2024.

Nottingham’s e-scooter network provider, Superpedestrian, started operating in the city in 2020 as part of a 12 month pilot plan.

However, each year the Department for Transport have extended the plans in the city to keep the scooters operating.

Council documents, published ahead of a Commissioning and Procurement Executive Committee on 12 December, said:

“The DfT has indicated the legalisation of all e-scooters will be forthcoming, however, delays have been experienced with securing a Bill slot to take the proposed legalisation through Parliament.

“This has resulted in the DfT extending trials for a further two years to 31 May 2026.”

Superpedestrian e-scooters

According to Superpedestrian, more than 1,300 e-scooters are available across 400 locations in the city and, on average, 3,500 rides are made each day making Nottingham one of the most well subscribed e-scooter trials in the country.

Riders must be 18 years old and hold a full professional driving licence to ride the scooters.

Users must comply with the rules of motor vehicles including no riding on the pavement, no use of mobile phones while riding and no driving under the influence – this is advised by Nottingham Police.

If these rules are not followed and riders are caught riding dangerously, fines and bans may be issued.

“This actually could have been avoided. People shouldn’t have died on the roads using the e-scooters.”

DR PETYA Ventsislavova

However, in a report published by NTU psychologists, they suggested that more than 50% of users have engaged in illegal riding at some point.

Crash data they analysed indicated that the number of incidents involving e-scooters is rising, with 1437 casualties in collisions involving e-scooters in 2022, compared to 1352 during the previous year.

Dr Petya Ventsislavova, lead researcher on the report, welcomes the extension but emphasises the need for mandatory training to reduce road accidents.

She says this actually could have been avoided.

“People shouldn’t have died on the roads using the e-scooters,” she said.

AUDIO: Dr Petya Ventsislavova

Many people in Nottingham are also happy to see the extension of the e-scooters in the city, but not everyone is pleased about the scooters being on the street for a further two years.

One member of the public said: ” I think they are a hazard, I’ve heard of lots of accidents and I think they are really dangerous.”

Others disagree and say they are “excited” to keep them in the city.

Music: Bensounds

E-scooter facts!

  • The first electric scooter was invented in 1915
  • There are 1000 e-scooters available around the city of Nottingham
  • 12 people were killed in collisions involving e-scooters in 2022
  • According to the National Accident Helpline, E-scooters are deemed the most dangerous mode of transport on the road for car drivers (39%) and pedestrians (47%)
  • Most scooters have a top speed of 20mph