Ever since the UK Government announced that it was bringing forward the legalisation of e-scooters in May 2020 – a move aimed to encourage active travel during the coronavirus pandemic – trials have been springing up all around the country. However, there wasn’t a testbed in London – until last week. TTi editor Tom Stone met with Dott’s general manager Duncan Robertson at the end of the first week of testing (June 11, 2021) to find out how the rollout has been going, to have a go himself and to ask, why has it taken so long?
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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).