In order to promote the legalization of electric scooters, how can companies cooperate with the British government?
Electric scooters have occupied the streets of almost all major European cities, but one notable exception is London. Due to an ancient law dating back to 1835, this futuristic green transportation method is still illegal in the UK.
This summer, the battle for the streets of London has intensified, and the police are constantly looking for riders of electric scooters - bankers, tech workers, students - who are rushing around the city.
Ed Sparks, 31, is a software engineer based in London who loves this new type of transportation. He told Forbes that the subway costs $983 (£800) a year, and the Segway Ninebot electric scooter costs only $430 (£350) - abandoning the subway is one of the best decisions he has ever made. Ed wore a helmet and had a red flashing light at the end of his electric scooter. However, the police who stopped him with a police car in May did not seem to care about this.
Sparks said: "This person has collected a lot of information about electric scooters, laws, past cases, photos, etc... I think it is to scare me. He then told me that he would give me a license. Deduct 9 points (total score 12 points), confiscate the scooter and arrest me because I did not buy insurance or pay taxes for the car.
At the same time as the police banned, lobbyists from electric scooter startups have been holding secret meetings with the government to promote reforms. On July 19th, about 20 executives from electric scooters such as Bird, Lime, Bolt, Circ and Tier joined the former British Transport Minister Michael Ellis into a small room in the London Parliament.
During the hour-long meeting, they stated this to 51-year-old Ellis, why Britain should change its centuries-old law to make way for these futuristic new machines, using these machines only A small fee will be charged through their smartphone app.
In order to stay ahead of the competition, Bird discovered a legal loophole and conducted a small pilot on private land in the London Olympic Park last November. (If the user attempts to drive the electric scooter away from the geofence area, the vehicle will make a sharp beep and eventually lose power.)
Although electric scooters are currently illegal, hundreds of Londoners have already purchased their own electric scooters, and police often turn a blind eye to them instead of confiscation or fines.
Corbett used to persuade TfL to accept digital advertising from its company on a black taxi. He said: "What I don't understand is why London (the UK's strongest country) can't take the lead with Bird in this regard. He added that he It was just "cannot stand and allow" his country "behind people" and then called on TfL to support Bird's pilot in London and asked for a coffee conference. This is a passionate pleading.
Sparks now leaves his electric scooter at home, going to work two hours a day. He drove to the local train station, took the train to St Pancras in central London, then took the Northern Line to Moorgate. Sparks said: "It is not an exaggeration to describe commuting roads as overcrowded.
“In short, the electric scooter saved me more than $1,228 (£1,000) a year. It was a bit sad. I always insisted on using electric scooters, I hope they can get legal status. But now I can't use it. ”