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Portsmouth MP meets city’s trial e-scooter operator, Voi

Stephen Morgan MP has met with the operator for Portsmouth’s e-scooter trial scheme, Voi, as he toured its warehouse and to meet staff to learn more about its work and feedback local views on the scheme.

Voi is the operator of the e-scooter trial currently operating in the Solent, covering both Southampton and Portsmouth.

The original government deadline for the end of the trial was 30 November 2021, but trials have since been extended to 30 November 2022.

Voi has been operating in Europe since 2018 and the UK since September 2020, as part of the Department for Transport’s fast-tracked trials to support local authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are currently the largest operator in the UK, with services live in 18 cities.

The City MP last year wrote to the Home Secretary to seek assurances on the safety of e-scooters for pedestrians and vulnerable people, and has been taking a range of actions to ensure their safe use in Portsmouth.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“It’s been really useful to meet with Voi today and learn more about the work it’s doing to support greener forms of travel in Portsmouth, as well as share views and concerns I’ve received in my postbag about the e-scooter trial scheme in our city.

“More sustainable forms of transport are crucial to tackling the climate emergency, but it’s important too we ensure they are also as safe and reliable as possible.

“As a potential long-term partner to our city providing these services, I am grateful for the opportunity to meet with Voi and learn more about its plans for the future in Portsmouth.

“I will continue to work with others to ensure the scheme supports people get round our city in a safe and green way”.