It is hoped the first rentable e-scooters could be up and running in Middlesbrough from early next week, said BBC transport correspondent Tom Burridge.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said the trials would allow the government to test whether e-scooters could offer

clean and cost-effective travel that may also help ease the burden on the transport network, provide another green alternative to get around and allow for social distancing“.

Some 50 local authorities have expressed an interest to the government in having e-scooter trials.