West of England becomes first region in UK to offer Voi e-scooters for long-term rental
People across the region will soon be able to rent an e-scooter and take it home after the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Voi Technology announced the launch of their long-term rental scheme, as part of the region’s e-scooter trials.
The WECA region, is the first area in the UK to offer residents both the Voi hop-on-hop-off and the long-term rental options.
Voi’s long-term e-scooter rentals can be used by residents across the whole of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire giving unlimited access to cost-effective and socially distanced transport, within the entire geofenced WECA area. This scheme complements the hop-on, hop off short-term e-scooter scheme currently available for rides in defined parts of Bath and Bristol.
With long-term rentals, residents in the region can rent an e-scooter for personal use that they can keep at home for an extended period of time, giving them more flexibility to travel from home and move flexibly within the region, reducing the need for short car journeys and consequently improving air quality and reducing congestion.
From 27 January users will be able to rent a scooter for one or six months or until the trial ends in late October 2021 and use them within the pre-defined geofenced WECA region. It costs £35 to rent the scooter for one month, with lower rates available for a longer rental period. Privately owned e-scooters remain illegal to use on roads, pavements, parks and any other areas.
Residents interested in signing up for a long-term rental can register on the Voi website. To be eligible for a long-term rental scooter, users need to be over 18 years old, have a valid or provisional driving licence and live in the WECA region.
Once the user has been approved, the vehicle delivery will be arranged by Voi. Alongside the scooter, the user will receive a helmet, a lock and two battery chargers. Voi will also provide a user guide with detailed information on how to use, maintain and charge the scooter at home.