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A trial of electric scooters has been approved in Canterbury

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Electric scooters will soon be seen hurtling through the streets of Kent after 12 months of trials have been approved.

Canterbury will be able to use up to 100 scooters after Kent County Council won a bid for the pilot, and the Department for Transport approved the trial this week.

Initially, the trial will be carried out on a controlled route for students at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

But if successful, the pilot zone will be opened to a wider area, which it says will help communities get around without causing congestion or harmful emissions.

A trial of electric scooters has been approved in Canterbury

There are a number of rules, including all riders who must hold a temporary or full driving licence and are over the age of 18.

The company has worked with the council to create geographical fence - digital boundaries - where scooters will lose power if they cross the boundaries of the approved route.

They will also provide safety training and hold safe riding events, and give away free helmets to riders.

Electric scooters are workable to use GPS, so companies can track them and make sure they ride and park correctly.