A trial which saw e-scooters available to use in Coventry city centre has been halted less than a week after it begun.
The electric vehicles could be hired from last Thursday (September 10) and were supposed to be available for a 12 month test run.
But the scheme has seen the brakes slammed on after just six days over misuse of the scooters.
Coventry City Council pulled the plug today (September 14) saying concerns had been raised that scooters were being used on pavements.
Users also reportedly took the scooters into pedestrianised areas of the city centre.
A spokesman for Coventry City Council said: “The trial has been introduced to identify the safest way that e-scooters can be used going forward so it’s right to pause the scheme if concerns are being raised.
“The initial take-up has been encouraging but we need to ensure that the safety of all people using the city centre is protected and that the e-scooters are used in the proper way, hence our decision to pause the pilot until systems are improved.”
The city council said around 5,000 rides had been access since the scheme launched last week. The scooters were available to unlock for £1 and cost 20p per minute to ride.
A spokesperson for Voi, the firm behind the e-scooters, said “While we regret the pause to our service, we reiterate our desire and willingness to work with all local stakeholders to deliver a safe and successful trial that meets the council’s objectives and confirms micromobility as a sustainable, safe and attractive mode for Coventry’s citizens.
“We look forward to resuming the service with enhanced measures in place to address the early observations from the trial”.
The trial is also being run in other parts of the country, including Birmingham.
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