In the run-up to COP26, a number of recommendations for priority actions to tackle climate change were published in the COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health, one of which is to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport. In November 2020, the UK Government published their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Point 5 of the plan looks at Green Public Transport, Cycling and Walking, in which the government said they will “launch a national programme of support to increase uptake of electric bikes” and set a target milestone of by 2025 they will “double cycling rates from 2013 levels to 1.6 billion stages per year”.
On-demand, rental electric scooters are seen as a way of easing the pressure on public transport systems during the COVID-19 crisis. Although e-scooters have been in the UK for some time now, e-scooter rentals only became legal on UK roads on 4 July 2020. Up until 4 July 2020, it was illegal to use e-scooters on any public road or footpath in the UK. Even with the change in the law, it is still illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on a public road or a footpath in the UK. This article takes a look at the patent portfolios of some of the major players in e-scooter rentals.
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