Electric scooter trial rental scheme

Lambeth is participating in a trial rental scheme run by Transport for London.

The trial, which is taking place in the north of the borough, began on 5 July 2021. The rental e-scooters are provided by three different operators:  Dott, Lime and TIER

All scooters chosen to take part in the trial have been fully approved by the Department for Transport to ensure they are safe. 

The trial area

We have identified an initial 23 parking locations in the north of Lambeth where you can begin and end your journey. At the moment you will only be able to use the scooters north of Kennington Lane, as this is where the designated parking bays are.

E-scooters rented from the scheme will be permitted to ride on London's public roads and cycle infrastructure in participating boroughs. Within Lambeth and other boroughs that are participating, there are 'no-go areas' where e-scooters cannot be ridden and will come to a safe stop, as well as 'go-slow areas', where the speed of e-scooters will be reduced to 8mph.

You can find a map of e-scooter locations and our No-Go and Go-Slow zones below. 

View the map

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing new dockless e-scooter parking bays expanding the operational area of the trail further south.

If you would like to share your views on an e-scooter bay design or location please contact e-scootertrial@lambeth.gov.uk for all other enquires or reporting issues please contact the companies or Transport for London, further contact info below.

Rental fees

The rental fees for the e-scooters are: 

  • Dott – £1 activation charge then 15p per minute 
  • Lime – £1 activation charge then 16p per minute 
  • TIER – £1 activation charge then 15p per minute. 

Safety tips 

Guidance and tips on how to ride rental e-scooters safely and avoid serious injury to any road users are available on TfL's website.

Share your views with Transport for London

The trial scheme is run in partnership with Transport for London and London Councils. 

You can find out where you will be able to ride a scooter across London and which boroughs are taking part in the trail on the Transport for London website. You can also share feedback on the scheme.

Share feedback and learn more

Report a problem

If you have an issue with a specific operator, for example a scooter which is broken or has been left outside of a parking bay, you can contact them directly. 

Dott

Lime

TIER

The law on rental e-scooters

  • Riders of the trial e-scooters must be 18 or over and have a full or provisional driving licence to rent an e-scooter.
  • It is an offence to drive a motor vehicle including rental e-scooters on the pavement. You can generally use the same space as bicycles. Breaching this law can result in a £50 fine.

The law on privately owned e-scooters

  • It is still illegal to use privately-owned e-scooters or other powered transporters on public roads or parks and open spaces. We will continue to work with our residents to ensure that their concerns about safety on roads and pavements are addressed.
  • If a privately owned e-scooter is used on a public road, park or open space it is likely to be committing at least one of a number of offences such as driving a motor vehicle with no insurance. You could be liable for a fixed penalty of £300 and six points on your driving licence, for example.
  • E-scooters and powered transporters which are privately owned can only be used on private land with permission from the landowner or occupier.