London e-scooter operators experience increase in new riders following ULEZ expansion

Posted: 5 November 2021 | | No comments yet

Following the expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission zone in late October 2021, the capital city’s three e-scooter operators have experienced up to a 30 per cent increase in new riders.

The first week of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expansion (25 October to 31 October 2021) saw more Londoners making sustainable transport choices, with the capital’s e-scooter providers – Dott, Lime and TIER Mobility – recording up to a 30 per cent increase in new riders when compared to the previous week (18 October to 24 October 2021). 

London e-scooters

Credit: Transport for London

The providers also saw an increase of just under 10 per cent in total trip numbers during the week, with Lime recording an additional 5,000 e-bike rides across the capital (when compared with the previous week).

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London expanded the area covered by the ULEZ from central London up to, but not including, the North Circular (A406) and South Circular (A205) Roads. The ULEZ expansion, alongside tighter Londonwide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards for heavy vehicles introduced in March 2021, are expected to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from road transport by 30 per cent across London in 2021. 

Representatives of Dott, Lime and TIER Mobility said: “The expansion of the ULEZ zone will make London a healthier and happier place to live. We are proud to be offering safe and sustainable transport alternatives that can keep Londoners moving, whilst simultaneously fighting congestion and air pollution in this great city.”

These initial findings demonstrate the positive impact that the ULEZ expansion could have on sustainable travel uptake in London, providing another reason for Londoners to get out of their cars and experience the city by foot, bike or for hire scooter.