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With people told to avoid public transport amid the coronavirus, the government has said that rental e-scooters will become legal on roads in Great Britain from 4 July.


So how will the e-scooter rental trial work?


The Department for Transport wants e-scooters rental schemes - similar to those seen in European cities - tried out across England, Wales and Scotland.


Riders wouldn't need to take out their own insurance to hire an e-scooter, but they would need a driving licence or at least provisional one.


The hired vehicles could be used - legally - within set geographical boundaries.


But it would still be illegal to use a privately-owned e-scooter on a public road, even if you were in a trial area.


The government says it will monitor safety and keep the year-long scheme - part of a £2 billion plan to invest in greener travel - under review.


Where will the trials be?


As well as bringing forward the start date to the beginning of July, the government has - in light of the coronavirus crisis - widened the scope of the scheme across the whole of Great Britain.


Initially, four "future transport zones" were chosen for the trials - the West Midlands; Portsmouth and Southampton; the West of England Combined Authority (Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas); and Derby and Nottingham.


The Department for Transport says: "A high number of areas across Great Britain have expressed an interest in running e-scooter trials."


According to the BBC's transport correspondent Tom Burridge, it is hoped the first rentable e-scooters could be up and running in Middlesbrough from the second week of July.


Can I be fined for using an e-scooter?


If you were to use a hired e-scooter outside of any of the trial areas - yes, you could be fined.


Likewise, if you use a privately-owned e-scooter on any public road, cycle lane or pavement.


You could get a £300 fixed-penalty notice and, if you have one, six points on your driving licence.

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Taken on February 7, 2020