THE FUTURE of e-scooters in Bournemouth has been boosted by a government bill which has been welcomed by micromobility provider Beryl.

As announced in the House of Commons on Tuesday, the government said the Transport Bill will help them take the steps they need to make e-scooters safer and they will now consider how best to design future regulations.

While riding a privately owned e-scooter on public land is currently illegal, there are currently several Department for Transport (DfT) sponsored trials.

Beryl currently operates three of these trials, one of which is in Bournemouth and Poole.

Currently e-scooters sold for private use are unregulated and can only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission. But many of the more than one million private e-scooters sold to date in the UK are being used illegally on the public highway.

Beryl CEO Phil Ellis said: “We welcome any legislation that seeks to remove barriers to sustainable transport and encourage the take up of greener transport options, reducing road congestion while improving air quality and public health.

“The success of our schemes has shown that, by instilling high standards of safety and operational control, you can introduce safe and sustainable schemes that can form an essential part of an integrated multimodal urban transport network.”