Electric scooter rentals are reportedly coming to the UK’s roads in July

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Electric scooters have become an increasingly common sight on British streets, despite technically being illegal to ride there. | Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images

Rented electric scooters will be legal to ride on some British roads starting this Saturday, July 4th, as part of trials to be held in cities around the country, BBC News reports. Around 50 councils are reportedly interested in hosting trials, with Middlesbrough listed as one initial site. The UK government is expected to make an official announcement soon. Privately owned electric scooters will continue to remain illegal to use on public roads.

Today’s announcement marks a big step forward for electric scooters in the UK, which have been illegal to use on the country’s roads despite how common they’ve become in the US and other European countries. This is because the country’s preexisting laws treat them like traditional motor vehicles,…

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