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Fire chief issues safety warning for new micromobility users after Christmas 

A fire chief has issued a safety warning over lithium-ion batteries for new micromobility users, following the Christmas period.  People that received e-bikes and e-scooters for Christmas are being warned of the dangers posed by faulty micromobility batteries, by deputy chief fire officer Dave Walton of West Yorkshire Fire and …

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Dott sees e-bike and e-scooter use surge in 2022 

European micromobility provider Dott saw a jump in e-bike and e-scooter users in 2022, new figures have revealed.  Dott, based in the Netherlands, has revealed that the total number of rides on Dott vehicles increased by 94% in 2022, when compared with 2021.  This was supported by a 92% increase …

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Voi forced to pull hire e-bike scheme in Peterborough due to vandalism

Voi has been forced to pull its shared e-bike scheme in Peterborough due to high levels of vandalism. Swedish shared micromobility operator Voi has run a hire e-bike scheme, in partnership with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Peterborough City Council, for the past two years.  But in a statement …

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UK micromobility provider Beryl partners with National Grid to expand Norwich scheme

British micromobility operator Beryl has partnered with the National Grid to expand its transport offering in Norwich. The new partnership, announced on 28th December, will see Beryl join forces with the electricity distribution business to encourage more people to use sustainable transport.  National Grid will sponsor Beryl’s Norwich fleet of …

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E-cargo bike manufacturer EAV partners with Halfords to offer fleet maintenance 

E-cargo bike manufacturer EAV has partnered with high street cycle and motor retailer Halfords, to offer maintenance to support its fleet customers.  British electric vehicle solutions brand EAV works with a number of major brands for their delivery fleets, including Ocado, DPS and Amazon.  The new partnership with Halfords aims …

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Avanti West Coast bans e-scooters from its stations and trains 

Avanti West Coast is the latest rail operator to ban e-scooters on its services.  From 27th December 2022, e-scooters will no longer be permitted across its network due to concerns over battery safety.  In late 2021, Transport for London (TfL) announced it would be banning e-scooters and e-unicycles across its …

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Insurer company Bikmo announces partnership with IoT platform Particle to support micromobility businesses 

Bikmo, a cycle-specific insurance company, has announced a partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) platform Particle, offering support for micromobility businesses.  The partnership will see Bikmo, based in Cheshire, work with Particle to use vehicle data to offer insurance products for micromobility manufacturers and fleet operators.  Bikmo offers a range …

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Paris mayor could ban rental e-scooters, according to report 

The Mayor of Paris is seriously considering ending the city’s e-scooter rental schemes, according to reports in French media.  Earlier this year news emerged that councillors in Paris were pushing to end the current shared scooter schemes in the city, run by three major providers, due to safety concerns.  The …

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UK micromobility provider Beryl calls for Government to legalise scooters to improve safety

UK-based micromobility operator Beryl has responded to the Government’s official e-scooter trial report, saying the legalisation of private scooters would help improve safety.  Last week the Department for Transport published its independent review of e-scooter schemes, which found that e-scooters were driving a shift away from private vehicles.  The report …

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Voi’s Northamptonshire e-scooter schemes extended until 2024 

Voi has extends its contract to operate e-scooter trials in Northamptonshire until 2024. Swedish micromobility firm Voi currently operates in 16 regions across the UK, including in Bath, Cambridge and Liverpool. As the Government’s initial e-scooter trial period came to an end last month, authorities have been able to decide …

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