We are consulting on a year-long trial of electric scooters (e-scooters) in Canterbury. The project aims to bring affordable, environmentally friendly e-scooters to the city as part of a Department for Transport (DfT) national trial.

Throughout the trial, only e-scooters provided by Bird on a rental basis will be allowed. Any private e-scooter use on the highway will remain illegal. The e-scooters will use the same road space as bicycles. They will not be permitted to travel on the pavement, or outside of the trial area. 

Bird rental e-scooters at the University of Kent

Experimental Traffic Regulation Order

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order has been made to make the trial legal. The Order comes in to effect on the 2 November 2020 and runs for a total of 18 months. 

The trial is being delivered in phases so that we can listen to feedback and review safety and usage data. Only when we are happy that it is safe to do so will we move on to the next phase of the trial.

In the first six months, up until the 3 May 2021, we will look to deliver phases 1 and 2. If these are successful we will extend this Order and consultation period for a further six months to deliver phases 3 and 4, taking us to the 1 November 2021. The remaining six months of the Order provides us with flexibility to extend the trial, should this be required by DfT.

The consultation on the Order (phases 1 and 2) runs until Monday 3 May 2021.

The Order, Statement of Reason and Public Notice are available to download from the 'Consultation Documents' section below.

Maps showing the four trial phases

Alternative formats: If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format or language please email or call 03000 42 15 53 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

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  • Opened
    30 Oct 2020 at 09:00
  • Closes
    3 May 2021 at 12:00



Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Canterbury
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
Contact Details

Any person wishing to object or support the Order before it is made permanent must do so either by using the above link or by email quoting the reference TRO/Experimental/CanterburyE-ScooterTrial.

Please make sure you specify the grounds on which the objection or support are made by 12:00 on Monday 3 May 2021.

If the Order is subsequently varied or modified responses will be required within 6 months of the variation or modification coming into force.