The UK government has announced a £90 million funding boost new transport innovation in 3 new ‘future transport zones’. The zones will provide real-world testing for experts, allowing them to work with a range of local bodies such as councils, hospitals, airports and universities to test innovative ways to transport people and goods.
The government will also consult on the use of e-scooters and the impact they may have on UK transport. Requirements for both e-scooters and those using them are being explored to make sure they are safe for use on roads.
This includes a minimum age and vehicle standards as well as insurance requirements.
UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “This review will ensure we understand the potential impacts of a wide range of new transport modes sch as e-scooters. helping to properly inform any decisions on legislation. Funding these new zones will also help us safety test innovative ways to get around, creating a greener future transport systems for us all.”
The UK government says it is also exploring how to test emerging technology in bus, taxi and private hire vehicle services, which could make journey planning and payment simpler and more seamless.