It was with some surprise that the people of Wellingborough, Rushden and Higham Ferrers woke up this morning and noticed small orange scooters scattered all over the place. First, they will have thought who left the scooter in the middle of the street, but then they quickly noticed that yards ahead was another, and then another, and then another.

The private company VOI Technology made electric scooters available today in three more locations in the Northamptonshire area. After Kettering and Corby, now is up to Wellingborough, Rushden and Higham Ferrers to experience a transport that has everything to become an essential equipment nowadays. These electric scooters promote social distance and are environmentally friendly, since they are carbon-free.

On a walk around Wellingborough it was possible to see a considerable number of e-scooters, especially in the town center.

Sophie, a passerby who was interested in using this transport, said: “I had already seen these scooters in Kettering and Corby and now I was surprised to see them here too, although I never used them. But in the future I will certainly use them.”

The use of this equipment, intended only for people over 18 and with a driving license, is quite simple. The company responsible for this initiative, VOI, has an app available for free download on Apple Store and Google Play. Through subscriptions ranging from just 24 hours to 30 days, users will pay £1 to unlock the equipment and then 20p for every minute of use. The company offers discounts to students and also to those with low income.

These e-scooters are equipped with Geofencing, a technology that uses GPS to create a virtual geographical boundary, allowing the software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a specific area. When a scooter exceeds a certain limit, the speed of the e-scooter gradually decreases. The engine does not stop completely for safety reasons for the driver. However, in a prohibited area, the engine is decelerated to 3 mph (walking pace). It will not be reset to make it easier for users to return the scooter to the operating zone. Users can see their locations and operational zone on the application map.

Why invest in green transport?

It is known that poor air quality in most developed countries is one of the main reasons for the appearance of respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Much because of the release of carbon dioxide from vehicles powered by fossil fuels.

In this link we can have a small idea of the current air quality in the Northamptonshire area. And the situation could be better.

With a focus on greener energies, as is the case with these e-scooters now available in Northamptonshire, it is possible to start to reverse a situation that is beginning to be unsustainable for current generations.

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