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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. 

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