Plans for e-scooter trial in West Bromwich

E-scooters could be on the streets of West Bromwich next year after councillors gave the green light to join the biggest pilot scheme in the country.

An example of an electric scooter.
An example of an electric scooter.

As many as 50 of the electrically-powered devices will be available to help cut traffic congestion and reduce air pollution.

But the pilot scheme has already proved controversial, after reports of anti-social behaviour and crime in other towns.

In a report to Sandwell Council's cabinet, council officers warned: "There have been ongoing issues around anti-social, intimidating and criminal behaviour within West Bromwich town centre, particularly at evenings.

“There is a risk that scooters used in the trial could be involved or affected by this behaviour."

In Coventry, the pilot was halted after only five days after drivers used them in pedestrianised areas, while in Birmingham a 10pm curfew was placed on their use.

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Town hall bosses say there needs to be greater communication between traders, the council and police to prevent a repeat in West Bromwich.

Saying a major benefit would be less traffic and lowering nitrogen oxides, environmental officers added: "E-scooters do not produce any air pollution.

"The trial could provide an alternative to the private car for short trips and contribute to an improvement in air quality."

The pilot area will stretch from West Bromwich’s Hawthorns ground to Black Lake on the Parade and cover the whole town centre.

Adults with a current driving licence will be able to hire the scooters for 20p a minute or £12 an hour.

The speed of the electric vehicles will be limited to 10mph, while users will be excluded from the town’s pedestrianised areas on the High Street and New Square Shopping Centre.

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