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Residents of Braintree, Essex, will be able to access Spin’s e-scooters for a monthly flat fee as the UK starts to ease national lockdown measures.
Ford-owned micro-mobility company Spin is launching a long-term hire subscription model in the UK county of Essex.
Residents of Braintree will be able to take home their Spin e-scooters for a monthly flat fee. With national lockdown measures starting to ease, Spin wants to encourage the use of e-scooters as a green, socially-distanced alternative mode of transport.
Launching on the 30 March in Braintree, Spin+ will allow residents to rent an e-scooter for £55 per month. The subscription includes the Spin scooter that the rider will have exclusive access to, insurance, helmet, charging cable, 24/7 customer support and maintenance.
Spin’s other service areas in Essex (Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea) operate through a slightly different model where residents can rent e-scooters per minute through a shared scheme rather than having exclusive access to a single e-scooter.
Approved by the Department for Transport, Essex County Council is working with Spin, Braintree District Council and Essex Police in leading on the e-scooter trials as part of its Safer, Greener, Healthier transport campaign.
Private e-scooters are currently still illegal on public roads in the UK, however the Department for Transport is running a number of UK-wide trials, including Spin’s, where anyone over 18 and with a valid driving licence can legally hire an e-scooter.
“It is important we find ways to encourage people to take up greener methods of travel and the e-scooter trial is a great way to explore alternative methods of getting around the district”
Those hiring the scooters will have to abide by strict operational rules to ensure safety of all road users including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The Spin e-scooters are speed-restricted to a maximum speed of 15.5mph and use geo-fencing technology to prevent them being used outside of permitted areas.
The e-scooters can be ridden anywhere that bicycles are permitted, including most low-speed (up to 30mph) roads. Users will have access to an app that provides information of where they are permitted to ride; the e-scooters are not permitted on pavements and should only carry one person at a time.
“It is important we find ways to encourage people to take up greener methods of travel and the e-scooter trial is a great way to explore alternative methods of getting around the district and hopefully help to reduce shorter car journeys,” said councillor Tom Cunningham, cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure. “This is part of our ongoing climate change strategy for Braintree district.”
Spin is involved in a number of e-scooter programmes in the UK. It undertook a rider survey in Milton Keynes that has already shown that 63 per cent of riders used an e-scooter instead of driving.
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