• Tim Cosgrove

Ginger and Tees Valley authority bring e-scooter's to the road's of Teeside


Ginger, the new British based e-Scooter company, has secured the first e-Scooter trial in the UK in Teeside, Darlington and Hartlepool in partnership with the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen.

The pilot which started in July comes after the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP legalised e-scooters.

Ginger has teamed up with the Tees Valley Mayor and the Combined Authority to bring e-Scooters in what will be the first British trial of this exciting new and sustainable mode of transport.

Ginger brings to the micro-mobility sector a fresh look and great experience of working with local communities to deliver innovative, clean transport. Plans are now well advanced on where the e-scooters will be located across every Local Authority area with 100 e-Scooters initially involved in the trial.

Paul Hodgins, CEO of Ginger, said  “I am delighted to be introducing Ginger e-scooters to the Tees Valley as part of the pioneering Government scheme to trial this exciting new form of transport. I strongly believe micro e-mobility offers unique solutions to today’s transport challenges. It is great that the Tees Valley Mayor and the Transport Secretary are making this public pilot the first in the UK, choosing to work with Ginger, a British innovator and transport provider.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said:  “Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are leading the UK in new, clean and innovate technologies. E-scooters are a part of that. I have been a big fan of e-scooters for a very long time, and when the Government announced their plans to fast track their introduction, it was obvious that our region should be the first trial area. So, I am thrilled that the UK’s first trial on e-scooters on UK roads will take place across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. It has been fantastic working with a forward-thinking company like Ginger to make this trial a reality, and to be able to do it in such a short period of time shows just how committed they are to making e-scooters more widely used. I am also pleased that by working together we have been able to make using e-scooters cost-effective with the price of a ride competitive with other forms of public transport.”

  • Ginger is a British-based e-scooter company that operates shared micro electric vehicles.

  • Ginger e-Scooters are free to unlock and £2 per 20 mins.

  • At the start of the trial, each parking location will be strictly geo-fenced so users must leave their e-scooters in these locations at the end of the ride.

  • Ginger will be responsible for the charging of scooters.

  • As the trial progresses Ginger will look at introducing on-street charging and docking locations.Tees Valley Mayor Press Release can be found here.

Source: Ginger

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